Job Interview? Just Be Yourself!Posted: 9th of March 2015 by
There is a lot of advice out there concerning job interviews – covering everything from preparing for the interview to what to wear on the day itself. Dressing appropriately, being polite, punctual, and clued up about the job and the company you hope to work for are all good bits of advice, but these all seem to miss one simple piece of invaluable advice for interviewees – be yourself!
The idea of presenting yourself as you are to a prospective employer may fill some of you with doubt. Surely you would be better off showing them what they want to see? In a way, yes. It should be obvious that ‘being yourself’ means being you on your best behaviour. An interview is no place to start telling jokes, however funny your friends think you are! Nor should you turn up so relaxed that you put your feet on the desk in front of you. Instead you will want to be polite and attentive to the interviewer, but don’t be afraid to let some of your personality seep through.
By being yourself you will show your prospective employer that you are a real person with your own personality. This is important because your employer will want to know how you will fit in with the rest of the workforce, while it will also help you to relax during the interview.
Being yourself should be easy, while pretending to be something you are not requires effort and concentration. It will leave you less relaxed during the interview, and likely to come across as slightly odd.
If you are relaxed during the interview (OK, ‘relatively’ relaxed – it is an interview after all) then you will perform better than if you are feeling overly stressed. You don’t need to add to the existing stress by having to play a role while being interviewed!
There is a final piece to the puzzle should you land the job you went for. If you were yourself during the interview it will be easy to slot straight in to work and just continue to be you. However, if you painted a false picture of yourself at interview you will be faced with the choice of continuing the façade or suddenly being a different person to the one your boss had thought they employed – which is never a good way to start your new job!
By all means, you will want to highlight certain aspects of your personality over others – you are in a work situation rather than down the pub with your closest friends, but this shouldn’t mean you can’t bring some of yourself to the interview. And, to be brutally honest, would you really want to work for a company who didn’t take you as you are? On a good day, at least!
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