You don't realize reality is creeping up on you until you're up at 3AM during your senior year of college working on your resume. At only 22 years old, I feel like I've been going to school my entire life. I'm at that point where I just want to take everything I learned from San Jose State and apply it to the real world.
I went to my very first internship interview last week with a big television station and I can honestly say that after the interview I walked away happy because I knew that I represented myself well.
It's normal to get butterflies in your stomach and feel nervous before an interview but don't let your feelings consume you. You have to take control.
Here's how I build my confidence before an interview:
1) PRAY. Ask God for his guidance. I don't know if you believe in God but I do. I'm not a religious person but I have a relationship with Jesus Christ and my faith plays a huge role in my life. Before an interview, I tell myself that God will always have a plan for me. If I get the job, God is good and if I don't get the job - God is still good! The opportunities are endless. The blessings will come.
2) PREPARE. Once you've landed an interview you should go over questions you think the interviewer would ask. You should focus on what makes YOU unique compared to the other candidates. It wouldn't hurt to do a little research on the company as well. It's so much better to go to a job interview "over prepared" than not prepared at all. Not only did I walk into my interview with my resume, I also showed up with my hard copy portfolio and a USB Drive that included my website link in it. Don't underestimate your work, especially if you invested a lot of your time on it.
3)MUSIC: My playlist has a lot of ambitious music on it. From gospel to hip-hop, I listen to songs that lift up my spirit and boost my confidence. The last thing you need right now is negative energy so focus on the good. I love getting "pumped up" before a job interview. When I listen to songs like "Juicy" by Biggie Smalls or "Hustlin" by Rick Ross, I am reminded of how bad I want to succeed in life. Listening to music helps me to get in my zone.
4)SHINE. No really, this is your time to SHINE. Show the company that you're worth working with. Be confident in your body language and clean up nice. At my interview, I wore a blazer, blouse, and slacks. I let my beautiful Polynesian hair down because it's a trait that I'm proud to have. A nice hair day will always make me feel confident. Don't forget to smile and make eye contact. More importantly, be yourself!
This is me after my interview! Stitch tagged along with me haha!