In the spirit of Halloween, wearing a mask is a good thing and becoming someone you’re not is encouraged. Lately, I’ve witnessed peers and candidates take this same approach to their interview process by becoming someone they’re not to land a job. Unfortunately, if they did get the job, it usually leads to being unsuccessful, miserable and back in the job market. You can also spook away an interviewer by being over-prepared causing forced/structured answers and lack of natural flow in conversation.
As we say at Aegis Worldwide, “our talent is helping you find yours,” so I wanted to share some interview tips that will help you find your dream job.
Experts say it is better to be yourself rather than telling them what you think they want you to hear. It is best to be honest about who you are and what you want from a job. Honesty will create a better match between you and any new employer.
Try and think of yourself as the interviewer and ask the questions.
While it’s important to tell an interviewer what you can do for their business, that isn’t your only objective. You also want to be sure that the job opening is a good fit for you. Not to mention, your questions will give the interviewer a good idea of who you are and what’s important to you.
The Weakness Question:
The best way to answer this question is to speak about a true weakness, but to emphasize what you are doing to improve it. If you approach these questions strategically yet honestly you’ll earn an employer’s respect. We all have areas of improvement so recognizing the need for change and growth shows maturity and self-awareness. Also, from my understanding, most hiring managers find the “I’m a perfectionist” answer unoriginal and unacceptable.
Don’t Fluff or Bluff:
Lying on your resume or during an interview will most likely backfire. Never bluff about your degree or work experience. It will show on the job if you don’t have any experience. Also, faking or fluffing your knowledge about an industry or topic will usually have the same effect. The best thing to do is be honest. Being truthful about what you do and do not know doesn’t always cost you the job, it can show the employer what to focus on when training you.
Now don’t take this the wrong way, preparing and practicing for an interview is still very important. Remember to be yourself, but your professional self. Do your research and be well prepared to tell the interviewer what you know about the company and why this position is a job match for you. The trick (or treat) to landing the right job is to put your best foot forward and be yourself.