On Job Interviews and Being Yourself

A job interview is one of the major pieces of the process of finding employment. An interview may last only thirty minutes, but it those thirty minutes that an employer is very likely to use to make a decision to hire you or not.

job-interview-437026_960_720For this reason, many career coaches spend a lot of time with their clients preparing for interviews and having mock interviews.

In reality, a job interview is very similar to a theatrical performance. You need to know what to say, when to say it and how to say it. You may get a lot of the components right, but if you make certain critical mistakes, you will not get the job.

Some people feel that all they have to do is “be themselves.” This often can be a mistake, because all people have all kinds of urges, wishes, and desires. You can also read books, study the latest information about your field and become a better professional with every day. All of these can make “being yourself” quite challenging and hard to figure out.

When you are looking for a job, don’t make a mistake of being stuck with one imaginary identity. The truth is that most of the people have many identities. What you want to do is to convey that your identities, skills, and knowledge are what the employer is looking for.

When you deliver a stellar performance during a job interview, you are not being fake. You are simply choosing the most relevant information and the type of behavior that provides you with the highest probability of getting a job. You simply can’t accomplish all these things if during an interview you are trying to figure out who you really are and what your identity is about.

Your job during the job hunting process is to make sure that you control things that you can control and that none of them go wrong.

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