Don’t Believe These Job-Interviewing Myths
by Quintessential Careers
How to Avoid Falling for These Job-Interviewing Misconceptions
Job interviews are the critical link between being qualified for a job — and getting it. Your resume gets you to the interview but it’s your performance in the interview that gets you the job offer. Thus it’s important to dispel a few job-interviewing myths that prevail among job-seekers.
Pervasive Job-Interviewing Myths
Job Interviewing Myth: The Interviewer Controls the Interview
While the person conducting the interview is in charge of the interview do NOT expect him/her to either be experienced in interviewing — or even be prepared for the interview.
Reality: You have to be prepared for all types of interviews. If the interviewer is struggling the job-seeker has to take charge or lose the chance for the job. Be prepared to ask questions initiate discussions of your accomplishments and fit with the job. Also remember that establishing a rapport with the interviewer is critical.
Job Interview Myth: Your Resume Has Done All the Work For You
While it’s true your resume did get you invited to the interview that’s where its influence ends.
Reality: You must go into job interviews with a salesperson’s mentality — you are going to sell your fit (experience skills personality culture and the like) with the employer.
Job Interview Myth: All Interview Questions Have a Right/Correct Response
Employers have an idea of the ideal candidate and what certain interview responses should contain but unless you lie or volunteer negative information about yourself there’s not one right response.
Reality: It’s much more important to examine the underlying meaning of interview questions. For example "why should we hire you?" should be answered as if the interviewer asked you "Why should we hire you over ALL the other candidates?"
Job Interview Myth: Since There’s No Way of Knowing the Questions Job-Seekers Don’t Need to Prepare
Even if this one were true job-seekers can easily find lists of the most common interview questions asked by employers. For example see our MyCareerBlast.com article Top 10 Traditional Behavioral Job Interview Questions.
Reality: Smart job-seekers — when invited for a job interview — ask about the details of the interview. By asking you might not only discover the types of questions (traditional behavioral etc.) but even the type of interview (group panel etc.).
Job Interview Myth: The Most Qualified Candidate Gets the Job Offer
While it’s true that employers may favor the most qualified candidate going into the job interview — and how do you know if it’s you or someone else — the interview performances lead to the final choice… and job offer.
Reality: Job-seekers have to go into the job interview with confidence enthusiasm and a determination to sell their overall fit with the employer — regardless of whether you think you are the frontrunner or the underdog.
Final Thoughts on Common Job Interviewing Myths
One other myth worth mentioning is the myth that if you’re currently employed and working full-time that you won’t be able to go on interviews. If an employer is interested in you you’ll be able to schedule an interview before or after business hours.
Finally remember to open and close your interviews strongly! First impressions are critical — interviewers make snap judgments based on how you look and present yourself… but last impressions are just important — and you should reinforce why you are a good fit and why you want the job even asking about the next steps in the process.
Key Myth-Busting Job-Interviewing Resource for Job-Seekers
Find the answers to ALL your job-interviewing questions in this Interviewing FAQ. The link will open a new browser window: Quintessential Careers: Comprehensive Job Interviewing FAQ.
This article was written exclusively for MyCareerBlast.com by Dr. Randall S. Hansen. Dr. Hansen is founder and publisher of Quintessential Careers one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web. He is also CEO of EmpoweringSites.com a collection of empowering Website designed to help empower people to live better lives… and includes sites such as MyCollegeSuccessStory.com and EnhanceMyVocabulary.com