You’ve worked diligently preparing for this job interview.
You know you were lucky to get an interview. The big day arrives, and you do your best. The interview ends and you wait.. and you wait… wondering whether you’ll get the call for the second interview, and whether you made the right impression.
Then the question becomes:
- Can you get a job by being yourself?
- Is it better to be yourself than being fake or unreal?
How should you act in a job Interview?
Throughout our years in the work force we will face the task of going through a job interview more than once.
The debate becomes whether you should act as yourself or act as someone you think they want to hire. The general consensus among interviewers is that they want to see candidates be themselves.
There’s a degree of assurance and a comfort that comes from knowing the person being hired is genuine.
1. About being genuine
When you go to an interview, the interviewer is viewing you just as you are viewing the interviewer.
The company is viewing you just as you are viewing the company. However, the interview focus tends to be the candidate. Just as it is important for you to be genuine it is important for the interviewer to be genuine too.
2. Think about the future
If you are dishonest about who you are, even if you land the job you’re likely not going to be happy or they’re not going to be happy with you.
As well, many times the interviewer will see through your pretense and you’ll be eliminated right at the first interviewer.
3. Showing real interest on the job
It is also important for you to be honest as well as genuine. Before you go to the second interview, you should have taken some time to create a list of questions that relate to the company.
Those questions should relate to things such as:
- Job expectations
- Job challenges
- Promotion and professional advancement
- Work environment
- Dress code, Work hours, Working conditions
4, Different “self” roles
It’s important to also recognize that there may be a difference between your professional self and your personal self.
All of us have different “self” roles. There is the traffic self, school self, party self, family self, and your job self. When you are showing yourself make certain it is your job self or your professional self that shines through. Translated this means you need to ensure you dress the part, behave the part, and speak the part so that the interviewer sees who they will be working with on their team, should he/she decide to hire you.
5. Being Professional
Being yourself is great providing it doesn’t include being rude, being late for your interview, declining to answer questions or demonstrating inflexibility.
These characteristics will certainly hinder your chance of being chosen for the position.
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