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Words of encouragement for a job interview

by Evalyne Ndanu
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The job hunt can get exhausting. We need the motivation to keep going and tips to steer us in the right direction. Here are some words of encouragement for a job interview.

Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it. –Katherine Whitehorn

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. –Eleanor Roosevelt

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise. –Anonymous

Opportunities don’t often come along. So, when they do, you have to grab them. –Audrey Hepburn

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. –Maya Angelou

Never tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon. –Anonymous

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. —Helen Keller

Do one thing every day that scares you. –Eleanor Roosevelt

Asked what we do best, few of us would say ‘doing a great job interview.’ Yet this is one of the most highly rewarded abilities in life. –Anonymous

In most cases, the best strategy for a job interview is to be fairly honest, because the worst thing that can happen is that you won’t get the job and will spend the rest of your life foraging for food in the wilderness and seeking shelter underneath a tree or the awning of a bowling alley that has gone out of business. –Lemony Snicket, Horseradish.

A job interview is a two-way communication to probe for cultural and team fit. No matter which side of the table you sit, you should be asking questions that are important to you without fear. –Salil Jha

Authenticity and strategy could be called the ‘yin and yang’ of good interviewing-except that they aren’t opposites. The opposite of authenticity is phoniness, and the opposite of strategy is randomness, or carelessness. –Anonymous

Let’s step back from a job interview, just for a moment, and imagine yourself at a barbecue. You meet a stranger and make small talk, “Where are you from? What do you do? You married? Kids? You have grandchildren? How old are you?” Questions you have all asked at one time or another, yet if asked during a job interview every one of them could be interpreted as illegal. All too often, these questions at an interview are just the result of someone showing interest in you as a person, like at the barbecue. – Martin Yate

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. –Benjamin Franklin

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. –Arthur Ashe

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.–Winston Churchill

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.–Norman Vincent Peale

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.–Wayne Gretzky

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m playing; I’m here. I am going to fight until they tell me they don’t want me anymore. –Steve Nash

Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s OK to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing. –H. Stanley Judd

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. –Alexander Graham Bell

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. –Confucius

Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it. –Marva Collins

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. –Robert F. Kennedy

It is never too late to be what you might have been. –George Eliot

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.–Walt Disney

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

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race. –Calvin Coolidge

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it. –Theodore Roosevelt

The average person puts only 25% of his energy into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity,
and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%. —Andrew Carnegie

It’s time to start living the life we’ve imagined. —Henry James

If a man is called to be a street-sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street-sweeper who did his job well. —Martin Luther King

There are so many things you can learn about. But you’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.  —Dr. Seuss

Before you build a better mousetrap, it helps to know if there are any mice out there. —Yogi Berra

The voyage of discovery is not in looking for new landscapes, but in looking with new eyes. —Anonymous

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. —Albert Einstein

Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him. —Aldous Huxley

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. —Robert F. Kennedy

No one ever gets very far unless he accomplishes the impossible at least once a day. —Elbert Hubbard

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. —Norman Vincent Peale

To be a great champion, you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are. —Muhammad Ali

All of the darkness of the world cannot put out the light of one small candle. —Anonymous

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. —Henry David Thoreau

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. —Milton Berle

Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. —Booker T. Washington

The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from the shore. —Dale Carnegie

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. —Theodore Roosevelt

There is a way to do it better…find it —Thomas Edison

So many people out there have no idea what they want to do for a living, but they think that by going on job interviews they’ll magically figure it out. If you’re not sure, that message comes out loud and clear in the interview. – Todd Bermont




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