Job Interviews: Know Your Worth

Written by Evelyn Sky

22nd March 2020

two women in an interview

A father before he died said to his son:

”This is a watch your grandfather gave and this is more than 200 years old, but before I give it to you go to the watch shop on the first street, and tell him I want to sell it, and see how much it is.”

The son went to the watch shop and then came back to his father and said ”the watchmaker said he’ll pay 5 dollars because it is old”.

The father said: ”Go to the coffee shop.”

The son went to the coffee shop and then came back to his father and said: ”The coffeemaker said he’ll pay $5.”

The father said: ”Go to the museum and show that watch.”

The son went to the museum and then came back and said to his father: ”They offered me a million dollars for this piece.”

The father said: ”I wanted to let you know that the right place appreciates your value in the right way. Don’t put yourself in the wrong place and get angry if they don’t value you.

Who knows your value is who appreciates you, don’t stay in a place that doesn’t suit you.”

Know your worth!

I recently read this, and I was quite impressed. Not only because of the wisdom in this short tale but because we do this every single day – we forget to remind ourselves that we are enough and that we need to know our worth.

Most of the time, when we go for a job interview, we allow ourselves to be taken over by nerves. And whilst it is normal to feel nervous during an interview as we are all human beings, we shouldn’t allow this to jeopardise our chances of getting that dream job.

So how to show confidence and really demonstrate your worth?

First of all, my advice is to think about your feelings of nervousness as if these are feelings of excitement.

I will explain what I mean.

What are the normal physical reactions when we feel nervous? Sweaty hands, shortness of breath, accelerated heartbeat, butterflies in the stomach, trembling voice.

Ok, so now think about what the normal physical reactions when we feel excitement are? Yes, you rightly guessed so – sweaty hands, accelerated heartbeat, butterflies in the stomach….etc.

The difference is that when our brain identifies these ‘symptoms’ as one feeling, but not the other, it can really mess up our performance at a job interview. Just ask yourself – when you go to an interview, what will happen if you think that you are nervous and what would happen if you think you are so excited about the opportunity you are given? I can tell you straight away – there will be a huge difference in the way how you are going to perform and the way that you answer the questions.

Thinking about how excited you are rather than thinking how nervous you are is not as easy as it may sound. I know it because I have been there as well as I can see the work that my clients had done to reach the level where they know they are just excited! But start small. Start with telling yourself that what you feel is excitement and that your brain just didn’t correctly recognise the emotion.

I wanted to start with this explanation as this is the first step to showing your worth at a job interview. If you are nervous, you do not project the needed confidence and you won’t be able to answer the questions in a way that will show the interviewer that you really are the best candidate for the role.

The next important thing is: Know yourself and what you are good at.

You can’t demonstrate your worth to the interviewer if you don’t know what you are good at. If you are not sure how to identify your key skills, you can read our blog post: 4 Ways to Find Out What You Are Good At to get some ideas of how to identify your strengths.

And even though this is very important, you should also know how to present this to the interviewer. The easiest way is by exploring the job description and researching the company, so you know what the expectations of the ‘perfect’ candidate are. You need to then match your strengths with what’s required, and use this for your answers to the interview questions.

When presented with confidence, the answer you give to the hiring manager will have an even bigger impact on the outcome of the interview.

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