“Sure,” I said looking up from my MacBook filled with an inbox of endless emails from recruiters. I had been on the job hunt for three months. For the first time in my life, I was willing to step into something new, and for some reason, a startup seemed like the something new I was searching for.
“So yeah, let me get the contact person’s phone number,” my brother said, looking at his phone. “Just give him a call. Cool?”
About a half hour later, I called the recruiter. I mentioned that I was referred to this position. I mentioned my educational background, my strong interpersonal skills and of course, my previous experience working at a startup.
He was stunned. “I’m gonna let my recruiter know and give you a call back.”
Less than 24 hours later, his manager called me. “Yes, we’d like to interview you,” he said, “How’s tomorrow?”
“Sure!” I exclaimed. I confirmed the interview time for Friday at 10:00am. I was stoked.
But, then my nerves set in. The what-ifs started rolling in my head. What if my work experience is not relevant to this position? What if I am not offered this position? What if I fumble during the interview?
During moments of anxiety, I do what anyone else would do – scroll through Facebook’s newsfeed to gather some inspiration. Inspiration is what I attained when I stumbled across The Kanye West Self-Confidence Generator.
I chuckled to myself after reading the first three quotes, but after the fourth quote, I started to personalize it. Come on now! How could you be me and want to be someone else?
After the fifth quote, I started to feel pretty empowered. I am the best person for this job, is what I started thinking to myself. My whole attitude changed.
I walked into the interview with an air of confidence. I answered the questions with such certainty, I even surprised myself. The interviewer was so impressed, he brought his boss in to meet me. Three hours after the interview ended, I was offered the position. Kanye-Fidence, as outlandish as it sounds, works. Try it.