The best words of encouragement for a job interview

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published 24 May 2022

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Attending interviews can be intimidating, even if you know you are a strong candidate for the role. Motivational quotes and words of encouragement are a good way to make you feel calmer and happier before an interview. By remembering inspirational words to relax, you can perform better in an interview and increase your chances of landing a job. In this article, we look at some useful words of encouragement for a job interview, consider the best ones to remember and list some motivational quotes.

Why are words of encouragement for a job interview helpful?

Words of encouragement for a job interview can help you if you're attending an interview or supporting a friend who is about to attend their own. It's common to feel nervous in an interview, as you may place a lot of pressure on yourself. A negative mindset can make it hard to perform at your best. Providing or receiving words of encouragement can help people to feel more at ease. If a friend or colleague is about to attend an interview you can support them with phrases like:

  • 'You've worked hard to prepare and your efforts will pay off'.

  • 'Just relax and be yourself. You'll do fine!'

  • 'Whatever happens, the experience will be valuable. Do your best!'

Different words inspire people in different ways. The words that motivate, reassure and inspire you may be different from the words that inspire your peers. People sometimes feel an emotional connection with the message behind the words or a connection with the person who said them. The key to finding a quote that resonates with you is to find something that you can remember. When you think of those words, it provokes a feeling of calm and motivation within you.

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Quotes to encourage positive risk-taking in your career

Going for an interview or promotion can lead to big changes in your life. Motivational quotes can help you to face this unpredictability and push yourself to overcome discomfort and take the next step towards your goal. These quotes can inspire you to take risks:

  1. 'If we are not allowed to deal with small problems, we will be destroyed by slightly larger ones. When we come to understand this, we live our lives not avoiding problems, but welcoming them as challenges that will strengthen us so that we can be victorious in the future.' ― Jim Stovall

  2. 'Renewal requires opening yourself up to new ways of thinking and feeling' ― Deborah Day

  3. 'There is a way to do it better — find it.' — Thomas Edison

  4. 'You can't be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.' — Tina Fey

  5. 'Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is.' — H. Jackson Brown

  6. 'Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers.' — Anonymous

  7. '...I've discovered that if you want to reach your true potential, it's much more effective to ignite a new passion for life than to dwell on past problems.' ― Neil A. Fiore

  8. 'The secret to getting ahead is getting started.'― Mark Twain

  9. 'I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we're all cowards.'― Alberto Salazar

  10. 'Just because you've never done something doesn't mean you can't start.' ― Rachel Joyce

  11. 'There are two fatal errors that keep great projects from coming to life: 1) Not finishing 2) Not starting' ― Buddha Gautama

  12. 'The beginning is always NOW.' ― Roy Bennett

Quotes that offer encouragement after a difficult interview

Interviews can be difficult and they don't always go smoothly. Words of encouragement can be comforting if you feel you may have not been successful in your interview as they contextualise your experiences and remind you that success can take time. Here are some quotes:

  1. '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.' — H. Stanley Judd

  2. 'In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.' — Albert Einstein

  3. 'Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.' — Dr Benjamin Spock

  4. 'It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.' — Confucius

  5. 'I believed, and still believe, that you can build your dreams brick by brick. That you can accomplish anything with persistence.' — Maurene Goo

  6. 'You cannot expect victory and plan for defeat.' — Joel Osteen

  7. 'Everything is within your power, and your power is within you.'— Janice Trachtman

  8. 'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.' — Helen Keller

Quotes that encourage seeking new opportunities

Being comfortable in your life can prevent you from seeking out fresh opportunities. Here are some words of encouragement to help you to consider other options:

  1. 'If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.' — Seth Godin

  2. 'Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart and strong enough to live the life you've always imagined.' — Anonymous

  3. 'The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who's going to stop me.' — Ayn Rand

  4. 'Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.' — Francis of Assisi

  5. 'Ideas don't come out fully formed, they only become clearer as you work on them. You just have to get started.' ― Mark Zuckerberg

  6. 'Just get on with starting, the worst and the most surprising thing to ever expect is short term failure.' ― Olawale Daniel

  7. 'Ripples are made by those reckless enough to jump into the ocean.'― Michael Bassey Johnson

  8. 'Kill your fear, and start something! God needs people for greater works, but fear always tells them how dangerous it is to take a step!' ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

  9. 'Life happens once. Get into character, and act the part you were given.' ― Utibe Samuel Mbom

  10. 'True life is lived when tiny changes occur.'— Leo Tolstoy

  11. 'Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.' — Les Brown

  12. 'The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.' — Walt Disney

  13. 'Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.' — Karim Seddiki

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Quotes that encourage you to follow your dreams and passions

You may have a good job and stability but feel as though you aren't following your dreams. These quotes allow you to reconnect with your passions and find the courage to pursue them:

  1. 'Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.' — Henry Ford

  2. '"Don't you find it odd," she continued, "that when you're a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you're older, somehow they act offended if you even try.' ― Ethan Hawke, The Hottest State

  3. 'It is never too late to be what you might have been.' — George Eliot

  4. 'There is a strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the sun will rise again tomorrow.' ― Aaron Lauritsen

  5. 'Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.' — William James

  6. 'People who lack the clarity, courage or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. Live your truth and don't EVER stop!' ― Steve Maraboli,

  7. 'Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.' — Paulo Coelho

  8. 'I have not always chosen the safest path. I've made my mistakes, plenty of them. I sometimes jump too soon and fail to appreciate the consequences. But I've learned something important along the way: I've learned to heed the call of my heart. I've learned that the safest path is not always the best path and I've learned that the voice of fear is not always to be trusted.' ― Steve Goodier

  9. 'If you're waiting until you feel talented enough to make it, you'll never make it.' ― Criss Jami

  10. 'What's the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?' — John Green

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Quotes that inspire you to become your true, authentic self

One of the key stresses of interviews is trying to be who you think the interviewer wants you to be. Being true to yourself means you have fewer things to distract you throughout the interview. These quotes are a valuable reminder that authenticity is worth pursuing:

  1. 'Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for it.' — Katharine Whitehorn

  2. 'Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.' — Gloria Steinem

  3. 'Whatever you are, be a good one.' — Abraham Lincoln

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

  5. 'Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.' — Oscar Wilde

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