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When it comes to the job search process, job seekers often have false impressions about how things work. The interview is no exception, and understanding a few common misconceptions about the process can help you do a much better job – and hopefully put your mind at ease! Read on for 3 big interview myths:
The Most Qualified Candidate Gets the Job
Okay, this is untrue for a myriad of reasons, with jobs going to individuals who know people on the inside, to those who simply reach out at the right time, and so on. Bear this in mind during your interview, because it’s important to understand that you need to be professional, personable, and on your A Game at all times. You can be the most fabulous job candidate on paper and in reality, but if you don’t bring confidence to the table, the job could go to someone who had better people skills and impressed the interviewer. Conversely, if you know your resume may be lacking in certain areas, make up for it by giving a winning interview.
The Interviewer is Prepared for…the Interview
There are several reasons why an interviewer may not be prepared for an interview. For example, this could be their first time interviewing a candidate and they may be nervous. Or they could be bogged down with extra work – perhaps the reason they are hiring someone in the first place – and so they haven’t devoted proper time to preparing for the interview. Thus, the more prepared you are, the easier the interview is for everyone, and the better impression you create. Decide what you want to tell the interviewer beforehand, and do your best to find ways to mention your past achievements and what you can bring to the table.
The Interviewer will Ask All the Necessary Questions
Again, the person interviewing you might be distracted and might miss some important points. Or you might be speaking with a hiring manager who doesn’t know as much about the job as the person you will be working for, so the interviewer may not ask all the appropriate questions. Thus, it is your job to bring up skills and qualifications you have that are specifically pertinent to the job, so that the person interviewing you can report these back to the individual who makes the final decision. If they are the person who makes the final call, make the choice easier for them by addressing every aspect of the job description in a way that paints you as the perfect candidate. There may be things that you want to bring up that the interviewer never asks about – if this is the case, don’t brush them aside. Find ways to work these points into the conversation.
Interviews can be nerve-racking for individuals on both sides of the table. And at the end of the day, an interviewer is just another human being. If you can enter the conversation confident, prepared, and personable, you’re sure to impress.