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Interview prep:
Embrace your fear and impostor syndrome
(Yuliana): When interviewing, I had a problem or, better to say, many problems with my self-perception and self-confidence. I believed I didn't deserve a better role, a better company, a better salary. I was very modest and always straightforward in my expectations that I communicated to recruiters. When recruiters asked my salary expectations, I answered with a smaller range because I was too afraid to get a refusal straightaway. I didn't know how to negotiate at all. Moreover, I just believed my expertise was not worth negotiating a better deal.

Fortunately, I had the right people around me, who pointed at my impostor syndrome. It took me a few months until I accepted and learned how to deal with it. It's interesting that once I realized what I was capable of, it took me only two days to build a decent portfolio website showcasing my work and experience.

Developing self-confidence requires lots of work. It's not something you can gain in a few days. You need time to accept it, and you need to practice it to accumulate it. Below is a list of 10 resources that helped me overcome my fears and start seeing myself from a different perspective. Please don't take it as a holy grail. These books and one video mini-course can't bring self-confidence to you, but they show you things from a different perspective and make you start thinking differently.
The first five resources I specifically pre-selected and read/watched at the time when I was preparing for the onsite interviews:

  1. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg.
  2. Pitching Yourself by Jodi Glickman
  3. The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage by Brené Brown
  4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  5. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
The second five books I read before I started looking for a new role, but I highly recommend them because they positively impacted my self-perception too:

6. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
7. So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport
8. Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker
9. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
10. Becoming by Michelle Obama
It's funny, but on my first day at Google, I learned that every Noogler when joining Google experiences impostor syndrome in the first few weeks or even months. It's absolutely okay. Just embrace it and learn to deal with it.
In the next chapter, we'll share tips on how to get the best terms in your contract