Confidence has been turned into a quality that we often associate with media icons rather than regular human beings. Robbie Williams bounds onto stage, and within seconds a stadium is smiling with him, laughing with him, moved by his vocals. Nicola Adams steps into the ring and gives it her all, and retains her Olympic record – then does an interview where she’s charm itself.
There are lots of layers to unpick here, and one of them is simple enough: just as we all have good days, we have bad ones. The Robbie Williams story wouldn’t be complete without an account of his down times. And that tells us something: whatever confidence is, it’s something that isn’t entirely in our control.
Look at the word confidence itself, and you’ll find it means ‘with faith’. So let’s have a think about that. For some people, ‘faith’ implies spirituality, but it doesn’t have to be the case. Try this little thought experiment. When you contemplate having faith in these different contexts, which of them makes you feel good about doing an interview for a Business Analysis role? Repeat them to yourself to see which feels best:
- I have faith in my ability to serve with integrity.
- I have faith that I’ll shine in your organisation.
- I have faith in my skills as a Business Analyst.
Try each of those statements on. Notice how each makes you feel. And when it comes to the interview, approach it with the particular belief that inspires you to be at your best. You could try tweaking the wording a bit for that extra level of finesse.
Make no mistake – what we believe is what will come out of us. It happens in interviews, it happens when we’re doing the job itself, it happens when we’re at home. What we have faith in shifts over the day according to context, and being precise about where we put our faith can support us to excel.
Go into a Business Analyst interview knowing where your faith is, will ensure you approach it with confidence. And it will shape your performance in the job itself, thus giving you more experience to draw on when you think of how you behave in that role. What’s good about approaching confidence in this way is there’s no tricksy stuff about changing your voice or body language – those shifts will happen naturally as a result of the state of confidence you’re feeling.