9 Quotes That’ll Get You Pumped For That Job Interview

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No matter how much prep you’ve done or how much experience you have in your field, it’s hard not to get nervous before an interview. But the problem is that those nerves often keep us from performing at our best, even if we’re highly qualified for the position. Confidence really does go a long way in helping you make a good first impression. So next time you’re about to walk into an interview, take a breath and read these nine quotes from successful and powerful individuals that’ll help you relax and proceed with confidence.


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill

Take some of the pressure off of yourself by putting this interview into perspective. Remind yourself that although getting this job is important to you, it won’t be the end of the world if it doesn’t work out. Even if you bomb this interview, you’ll learn from your mistakes and use that new knowledge to ace your next one. The important thing is not to let yourself get discouraged, no matter what happens.


“Confidence is not ‘they will like me.’ Confidence is ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t’.” — Christina Grimmie 

Go into the interview with a smile and be pleasant and professional, but remember to be your authentic self. If you’re trying too hard to fit into the company’s culture when you don’t, it’ll show. And even if it doesn’t show and you get hired, you’ll have a miserable time once you start working there. Some people just don’t click and if that’s the case with you and your interviewer, don’t stress. Be happy knowing that you gave it your all by being the best version of yourself that you could be.


“Anything is possible once you believe you are worthy of achieving it.” — Jason Pockrandt 

Sometimes the only thing that’s holding us back is ourselves. One of the reasons that many of us get stressed before interviews is because we subconsciously (or consciously) believe that we’re not qualified enough for the job. So try your hardest to silence that little voice in the back of your head that’s telling you that you’re not good enough. The more self-confident you are going into an interview, the more your interviewer(s) will trust in your abilities.

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“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” — Dr. Benjamin Spock

Even if you’ve prepped for hours for an interview, it’s common to suddenly feel like you don’t know anything a few minutes before. Suddenly you start thinking about all of the things that you should have researched about the company but didn’t. Take a deep breath. Remind yourself that you do know your sh*t, it’s just the nerves talking. Once you settle into the interview and feel more relaxed, you’ll remember that you’re actually highly prepared.


“Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward.” — Brian Tracy

You’ve done your prep work, you’ve practiced answering those common interview questions, now relax and let the meeting run its course. This single interview is not going to break your career, so do your best but don’t put so much weight on it. Chances are that this attitude will help the interview go even better.


“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” — Helen Keller

Thinking that you’re going to fail isn’t a great way to walk into an interview. That negative attitude will likely make it harder for you to answer interview questions with confidence. No matter how nervous or intimidated you’re feeling, try to walk into the interview thinking that this is going to be a positive experience that you can learn from — no matter what happens.

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“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” — Oprah Winfrey

Maybe you’ve had negative experiences with interviews in the past, but don’t let those past experiences keep you from feeling confident about this one. Your interviewer doesn’t know how many jobs you’ve been rejected from in the past, so don’t let any self-doubt that those rejections might have created shine through.


“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand

You may not have the job yet, but you know that you’d be great at it if you did. Keep your head up and don’t let your nerves trick you into thinking that you’re not good enough for this position.


“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” — Tina Fey

Overthinking an interview isn’t always a good thing. If you overthink it so much that you’ve got all of your answers to common interview questions memorized word for word, it’s going to backfire. Trying to control every move that you make and every word that you say during an interview will make you seem way too robotic and impersonal. So while it’s good to have a general idea of how you’re going to answer questions, allow the conversation with your interviewer to flow naturally.


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