A great collection of inspirational quotes for job interviews – that focus on confidence, preparation, self-belief and pushing past fear.
Job interviews can be both exhilarating and terrifying.
However, with the right preparation, and a little confidence, you can ace your interview and land the job you want.
Here are a few inspirational quotes that can help you prepare for your next job interview:
Inspirational Quotes for Job Interviews
“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
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!’” Audrey Hepburn
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius
“Honour your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart and success will come to you.” Oprah Winfrey
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill
“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” Arthur Ashe
“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
“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” Ray Goforth
“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” M. Scott Peck
“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” Ayn Rand
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
“There are better things ahead than we ever leave behind.” CS Lewis
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” Robert F. Kennedy
“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” Vincent Van Gogh
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confucius
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs
“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” Sheryl Sandberg
“Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” Babe Ruth
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” Stephen Covey
“Believe you can and you’re already halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” Japanese proverb
“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.” Anna Freud
“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Thomas Jefferson
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“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
Quotes for Interview Success
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” Thomas Jefferson
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but building the new.” Socrates
“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” Seth Godin
“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” Andrew Carnegie
“There is no passion to be found in playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot
“I believe success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination.” Zig Ziglar
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky
“The harder I practice, the luckier I get.” Gary Player
“To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.” Pearl S. Buck
“In every success story you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.” Peter F. Drucker
“You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” Yogi Bhajan
“Making a big life change is pretty scary. But you know what’s even scarier? Regret.” Zig Ziglar
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.” Richard Branson
“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Francis of Assisi
“Risk something or forever sit with your dreams.” Herb Brooks
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” George Addair
“There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” Aristotle
How do you motivate someone for an interview?
We can help to motivate someone (or ourselves) for an interview by reminding them of their skills and abilities. Show complete faith in them, so that they can have faith in themselves.
Discuss potential questions they might be asked, offer to practice a mock interview with them, and remind them of times that they’ve overcome challenges, dealt with change and come through the other side successful.
Again, this depends on the person. Some people might need to be reassured that they’re more than capable of doing the new job and others might need a bit of tough love to get them motivated to seek opportunities past their current job.
What to say to someone who is nervous about an interview?
Whilst the majority of people are nervous when attending an interview, just how much so, can greatly impact the outcome.
When someone is nervous in an interview it can affect their ability to think of clear answers to questions and they may appear that they believe they aren’t capable of the job.
However, overthinking the nerves can only make it worse. Instead, remind the person that no matter the outcome of the interview, the world won’t fall apart. Sometimes thinking through the worst-case scenario (not getting the job) reminds us that it will be okay and helps to take the nerves away.
Being prepared is also a great way to calm the nerves before an interview. When you’re prepared, practiced and organized to attend the interview, you boost your confidence and can walk in there with a clear, focused mind.
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