For better or worse, interviewing etiquette is an essential aspect of getting the job. Learn all about it here.
The tone of your voice
Often, your tone of voice says more than your words do. You can say you know how to perform the job duties, but if it doesn't sound like you do then you won't inspire much confidence in the hiring manager.
How to sound more confident during the job interview:
- Pause before answering to give yourself time to gather your thoughts. A five second pause may seem like a long time to you, but it will likely show the interviewer that you have considered your answer.
- Stick with a factual but interested tone. Avoid raising the pitch of your voice at the end of a statement. Doing so can change the tone of your statement to one of a question, which makes you seem uncertain. Avoid using the same tone for every answer, though, as it can make you sound bored.
- Practice your answers before you go. If you have a good answer prepared and practiced, it will be on the tip of your tongue! You will sound more confident if you are not trying to think up an answer on the spot.
- Try to eliminate or reduce the number of times you say um, uh, like, and you know. These filler phrases imply that you are not sure about what you want to say.
- Don't use "weak words". Starting your answers with I think that I am ... and I hope to ... and I believe that I can ... imply that you are not certain of your abilities.
- Don't apologize for being nervous. Doing so actually calls more attention to the fact that you are worried about your performance.
- You can get public speaking practice before the interview by joining a local public speaking group, such as Toastmasters.