‘Doing your job’ is what you want to do. Before you get to ‘do your job’, you’ll go through an interview process. Interviews can be stressful and intimidating. Who isn’t nervous during a job interview? We can help. It’s what we do. There are common myths about the interview process that we can dispel here and now! We’ll help ease your concerns about the process.
Let’s debunk some myths!
Myth 1. There’s a “right” answer to interview questions.
Believe it or not, the interviewer is not likely to be searching for a particular answer during your interview. Interviewers are typically paying attention to how you respond and react to the question, rather than your actual words.
Myth 2. The most qualified person automatically gets the job.
If this were true, why even bother with the interviewing process? The truth is, there are likely dozens, or more, people applying to a single job position. If it came down to a matter of qualifications only, the hiring process would be much simpler. It isn’t that easy. Most employers are searching for a combination of skills, traits and education. Personality and corporate culture can also figure into hiring decisions.
Myth 3. Your interviewer is experienced and trained in how to interview.
You may be interviewing with a human resources professional, but in all likelihood, you are interviewing with a manager or co-worker from within the department. How can you use this to your advantage? Give concrete, specific details and examples in your responses, not long-winded, canned responses.
Myth 4. Keep your answers short.
Many job seekers think that it’s best to keep their answers short in interviews, so that the interview moves quickly. In reality, interviewers want to learn not only about your skills and education. They are listening for thoughtful, true and on-point answers and observations. Don’t squander this opportunity to sell yourself for the position.
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