Debunking Five Common Job Interview Myths

Getting invited for a job interview excites and at the same time freaks out the most of us. In this article we discuss some of the common interview myths that may be holding you back from bringing you’re A-game. We hope that by debunking these myths, we will help you to approach the process with confidence.

  1. Nice, meaty resume means it’s a done deal: you can have the most impressive resume in the pile but if you can’t back it up in person, it will never be enough. Employers wont workers who have the potential to do , not those who appear to have the potential. Your job is to convince the interview panel that you have the potential by citing relevant examples of when you demonstrated that potential in past roles.
  2. “Tell me about yourself” is irrelevant: career author and coach, David Couper says, ” interviewers are looking for someone who can do the job, fit in with the culture and do not cause trouble… If you can demonstrate that you can do that, you will get the job.” Interviewers aren’t interested in knowing about your family and what your favorite food or movie is. However, nailing this question will help you to create a great first impression and can help you to build rapport with the interviewers.
  3. High grades + degree = good job: don’t get so comfortable and relaxed because you have high grades and a first-class degree. You must sell yourself, your skills, and the kind of value you are bringing to the table. If you were at the bottom of your class, fret not because there is hope for us all.
  4. The most qualified applicant gets the job: Don’t be overconfident because you are overqualified for the position. Employers are looking for people who fit the description and that entails fitting in with company culture and can deliver results. Therefore, it is important to research the organization and the role you are interviewing for to ensure that you package your responses to speak to the organizational values.
  5. You’re a good speaker, the interview will be easy“: Unless you are interviewing for a speaking gig, you cannot be too sure of how the interview will go. It helps to be a good speaker, but even good speakers must do their research. You can only speak eloquently about a subject that you understand. A stutterer with a clear vision of his place and what he /she can offer to a company can easily out interview a debate champion who didn’t do his /her research. Companies want someone who can prove that they can do the job. If you speak well but know nothing about the company, you will fall flat on your face.

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