Job interviews are scary. Even if you’ve done your research and you’re perfect for the job, there’s always that aspect of uncertainty and nervousness that we just can’t seem to shake. The question we’re talking about today is: can you fake it until you make it?
I know what you’re thinking: what exactly are we faking here? Don’t worry, it’s coming.
Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist and she’s got a trick up her sleeve just for you (if you’re impatient, go to 10.00 in the video). She’s interested in how body language can change how other people perceive us, as well as how it can change how we perceive ourselves.
If you fake your own power and confidence by changing your body language, will you eventually become powerful and confident?
Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk will not only make you think more about your body language and how it affects you in intimidating situations such as a job interview, it will change the way you approach it.
If you can’t be bothered to sit through a 20 minute video (which you should take the time for because it’s actually incredible), Cuddy suggests a simple two minute exercise to complete before entering into any stressful situation.
Complete these steps right before your situation:
Step One: Stand in a powerful pose (i.e. the “Superman”). It could be hands on hips, standing tall, chin up. It could be sitting back in a chair with your hands behind your head.
Step Two: Do this for two minutes.
Don’t believe me? Don’t argue with science.
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