Just who do you think you are?! This phrase was a playground taunt when I was a kid. Alpha male gets challenged for supremacy in the pack. Alpha male backs down challenger by tapping into the doubt and uncertainty swimming in the challenger’s head. What this phrase really translates to is “Apparently you don’t know who I am… why should I pay any attention to you?”
Underdogs throughout history have faced this moment of truth, when they had to follow through on their challenge or back down in defeat. In so many famous sports upsets, the battle did not go to the physically strongest or most experienced. It was won or lost in the players’ minds before the battle even began.
This works the same way with a job interview. You are stepping up to prove you are worthy to someone who is in a power position. If you are tentative, or doubt your abilities, the alpha dog can sense your fear. An interviewer may not actually growl at you, but they will silently dismiss you as a top candidate.
Humility and self-deprecating humor are usually favorable personality traits in social conversations, but not in job interviews. You must come to an interview with the attitude that you deserve it and that you can do anything you put your mind to, even if you don’t have all the experience or skills listed in the description.
If you can demonstrate passion, evidence of past successes, the ability to transfer skills, learn quickly and leverage resources… then you ARE qualified for the job.
Confidence is a powerful ally. Doubt will keep you from being your best.
Who you think you are IS, in fact, who you are.