Confident vs Arrogant in a Job Interview
Confidence is key to a successful interview. You step into the interview room with all of the confidence in the world. You score big with your answers and you know that you were meant for this position. You have the whole package: language proficiency, the right skill set, experience and more. It’s a done deal, at least in your mind. But then you take a moment to reflect on the interview and you realize that you are in a foreign land and just maybe your assured confidence may have been mistaken for arrogance. Even worse, what if you were just plain arrogant?
Your first step is to relax. Many say that those who are chosen for an interview are already practically hired for the job. The interviewer just wants to see if the interviewee’s personality and character are right for the company. You are a foreigner so culturally, you may be perceived a little more or less arrogant, but it is of little importance in the large picture.
Without self confidence, there is no career success. It is a must if you want to succeed. However, self confidence should not be confused for arrogance. Studies have shown that interviewees who are unsuccessful for managerial positions are rejected because of their arrogance or lack of self confidence; the two sides of the spectrum. Humbleness and respect are always appreciated in the interview room and can help to balance out any signs of arrogance in front of a foreign interviewer.
Foreign companies often have a western take on their company so that it globalizes more successfully on an international scale. Interviewing in a foreign country is not much different from interviewing nationally because these companies are looking for bilingual candidates. The interviewers are cultured themselves, making it more common for them to break with tradition. Many employers are on the lookout for the self motivated workers who take the initiative and are responsible over other candidates who are submissive and wait for their orders. Self confidence is important to demonstrate but it should be done in a respectful manner in order to not come off as complete arrogance.
There are various ways to express yourself. Take some time for reflection and think about all the different ways you can answer the same question. Do not speak completely about yourself. Try to answer your questions like a team player using “we” or “our company” to show that you are not just a self motivated worker but also a team player. You are able to boast about your triumphs without demonstrating egotism. Stay positive the whole way through, from the moment you walk through the door until you leave the building. Make small talk, smile. There may be some onlookers who are viewing how well you communicate outside the interview room.
Remember, your cover letter and CV have already set the tone of your self esteem and positive attitude. You should reflect what your CV has already stated including how you describe your skills and abilities. Remember, if you lack experience, employers view skills such as multitasking, problem solving and leadership highly and can make the difference between a successful and not so successful interview. Your skills are impressive and you should treat them as such.
Rewording your previous job titles may prove to be very successful. Although the job titles allude to the same understanding, how they are phrased makes a lot of difference. Keep into consideration the following titles: Were you previously a Web designer or Web architect, a reporter or a journalist, a company president or its founder? Certain titles may be looked upon more highly in a foreign nation than others. This can also help to determine a better salary for your services. You will need to be prepared to accurately and truthfully describe your previous work as this will demonstrate the balance between self assurance and confidence while leaving arrogance off to the side.