You’ve conducted your research, prepped responses and checked off all the boxes to prepare for that next interview. But, you’re still feeling a little stressed, perhaps anxious and queasy about the upcoming debut. Fear not! Set aside an hour and watch the following TED talks for the extra dose of courage and confidence you need to succeed!
1) Amy Cuddy on using your body language to communicate who you are
Body language is a reflection of how you feel. Changing your body language can have an immediate impact on what these feelings are and the impression you give off. Amy shows how leveraging certain “power poses,” however unnatural they may feel at first, can actually boost feelings of confidence and increase our chances of success.
Takeaway: Maybe you’re not ready to “power pose” mid-interview, but even holding a power pose for a few minutes before an interview can have an enormous effect on your level of confidence. Seem silly? Give it a try and tell us how you feel!
2) Ashwini Mrinal Bhagat on developing your personal brand during the interview process
Stressing about your first interview? Hear from Ashwini, who endured 32 interviews on the road to landing a job. Along the way, she takes notes on each experience. Throughout each interview, she further develops her own personal brand, suffers through some terrible companies and eventually learns, through dedication and persistence, how to remain calm and be the best version of herself in any circumstance.
Takeaway: Treat every interview as a learning opportunity. You may not have all the answers, you may stumble through a few responses, but with each experience, you will learn more about who you are and how to present yourself. If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed, just remember, if Ashwini can make it through 32 brutal interviews, you can make it through a few.
3) Kelly McGonigal on making stress your friend
Nobody likes to be stressed. But, can stress actually be good for us? Can changing how you think about stress, actually make us healthier? Kelly rethinks our entire approach to stress, urging us to see it as a positive, instead of a negative.
“View your stress as your body being energized,” says Kelly. “View your pounding heart rate as your body preparing you for action.” If you see the stress response as helpful, the end result is actually more confidence and less anxiety.
Takeaway: There is a direct correlation between interviewing and stress, but if we leverage mechanisms recommended by Kelly, we can use this to our advantage. View your stress as helpful, and your body will actually provide a positive physical response.
4) Larry Smith on why you will fail on your way to have a great career
Want a great career? Listen to Larry explain why you’ll likely need to fail to have it. Everyone has been told to pursue their dreams, pursue their passions. Why don’t we do it? Many believe having a great career is just a matter of luck, or perhaps that people who pursue their passions are geniuses. But, most don’t even know what their passions are. He suggests evaluating all possible interests and alternatives to find your destiny, to find the highest expression of your talent.
Takeaway: Don’t settle for a job that’s simply interesting. Identify what you’re truly passionate about and don’t let excuses or failures get in the way of allowing that passion to propel you into a great career.
5) Casey Brown on knowing your worth, and then asking for it
What do you think you’re worth? Do you know the value that you bring? Have you vocalized the impact your skillsets can have on a business? Often, we underprice ourselves because we haven’t taken the time to outline everything we bring to an organization. Maybe it sounds like you’re bragging or tooting your own horn. But, Casey argues, when you do it in the vein of what excites you about the work you do, it shows you’re a passionate individual, not a cocky one. Casey walks through the key value questions you should ask before you ever answer that question, “what salary are you looking for?”
As she says so well, “nobody will ever pay you what you’re worth. They’ll only ever pay you what they think you’re worth. And you control their thinking.”
Takeaway: Vocalize the value you can bring. You know what makes you unique and what you add to an organization. Take the time to say out loud what you bring to the table, first to yourself and then during the interview. Focus on why you love what you do to get paid what you’re truly worth.