Interesting job interview myths you should know


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Job seekers do many things to better understand what things must and must not be done to prepare for a job interview. Aside from preparing your resume and other credentials, you must also be ready for what could happen during the interview itself.

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Interesting job interview myths you should know

  1. 1. Cosmic Coaching Centre Corporate & Individual Career Solutions for Mid-Level Professionals & Executives Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 1
  2. 2. be thrown to you so you could leave a really good impression of yourself. Job seekers do many things to better understand what things must and must not be done to prepare for a job interview. Aside from preparing your resume and other credentials, you must also be ready for what could happen during the interview itself. If you search the web or talk to people who are more experienced in getting interviews, you may actually get tips on how you could eventually land the job you are applying for. But do you know that some of the things you will learn are just myths? Below are some of them: 1. There’s an open position if you are invited for an interview. Job seekers often think that an invitation for a job interview means being considered for a position. The truth, however, is that companies usually interview job applicants just to check out the market. For them, this method is effective in looking around for the best talents in the marketplace. As a matter of fact, many employers conduct interviews just to know what the average salary is expected by the applicants in a particular field or job. This helps them decide what offer to make for their desired candidates. 2. Employers are always prepared for interviews. It is possible that the hiring manager to conduct the job interview is new in the position and actually has very little experience in talking to job applicants. So what does this mean to you as a job seeker? Well, an unprepared interviewer can in fact give you a better chance of controlling the interview. Thus, make sure you prepare all your questions for the interviewer. Also, be confident in answering all the questions to Cosmic Coaching Centre 3. Your answers should be kept short. While it is true that you should answer many of the questions in a precise manner, there are instances also wherein you have to give lengthy and detailed answers. If you are asked about a specific task in your previous job that you performed really well, be sure to elaborate on your answer. Giving a short response means not selling yourself well enough. 4. The job always goes to the most qualified candidate. Surprising as it may be, the most qualified job seekers don’t always get the job. According to studies, employers are more likely to hire those applicants that they like, in terms of personality and what career pathways they are pursuing. Also, employers think it is important to hire someone who they could have some beer with. In short, you must show the best side of yourself when doing a job interview. Do not focus too much on your qualifications, and try to show the recruiter why you would be the best fit for the position and the entire organization. Every job seeker has to have a particular job hunting strategy that will help them overcome the challenges that come with searching for a job. Using the right combination of techniques, you can rest assured that your job application will be on the top of employers’ lists. Among the many Page 2
  3. 3. aspects of any job search strategy, there is one that you have to take very seriously, and that is to prove to your potential employers that you are the best fit for the position. So what is it exactly that hiring managers are looking for in a job candidate? Personality. You cannot expect to get hired if your personality doesn’t fit the job you’re applying for. While it is impossible that you will be a 100% compatible with the job in terms of your personality, you need to be teachable so you could eventually grow into the position within the company. Thus, before you go to a job interview, it is best to think about the positive traits you’ve got and be ready to explain how relevant your traits are to the responsibilities involved in the job. Abilities. You should expect to be asked some behavioral questions during an interview. If you possess the abilities and technical skills needed for the job, you will not find it hard to answer such questions. Be sure to show the interviewer that you are inquisitive, bright, and open-minded. This would help you get closer to landing the job. Work Experience. One of the important things employers are looking for in a job seeker is the relevant job experience they have had. But it is not enough that you enumerate in your resume the positions you have held in the past in relation to the job you are currently applying for. More importantly, you need to explain how similar your position in the past is to the job the company is hiring for. This way, you can make your potential employer confident that hiring you will spare them from the expenses of training new employees. Clearly, this is an edge you have over other applicants. When it comes to preparing for a job interview, don’t pressure yourself to be the perfect job candidate because it is almost impossible for you to possess every single one of the traits employers are looking for. Nevertheless, you must try as hard as you can to show that your personality and the skills you have are very suitable for the position they are offering. Cosmic Coaching Centre You may consult a resume and career services professional if you think you need advice and guidance on how to prepare for and be successful in a job interview. The truth is, no job seeker is perfect. This means that every time you apply for a job, you are likely to commit at least one job search mistake. There is nothing wrong with this, of course, because everyone else does. What you don’t want is to make the same mistakes over and over again and let those mistakes ruin your chances of landing a job all the time. By knowing what mistakes most job hunters make, you will know what to avoid to make sure you will eventually get the job you have always wanted. Here’s what you should not do as a job seeker. 1. Using the same resume for all the companies you are applying to. In the process of your job search, it is likely that you will try to apply to several companies out there. This is a good strategy, but you shouldn’t make the mistake of using only one resume for all the jobs you apply for. Every single company or organization you try to work in has their own requirements and criteria for choosing an applicant. Thus, you cannot assume that the resume you made for a particular job opening will also be the one that other employers would prefer. See to it that your resume is customized to the particular needs of the employers you are applying to. 2. Relying only on the internet to find a job. While it is true that almost all companies are turning to the internet to look for qualified job candidates, this Page 3
  4. 4. doesn’t mean they no longer use other methods of accepting job applications. If you want to increase your chances of getting a job soon, it is important that you make use of all the resources and methods available to you so you could grab every opportunity to be hired. 3. Not rehearsing job interviews. Many job seekers believe they only have to be themselves in attending job interviews. For them, as long as they have the qualifications for a job, they don’t have to worry about how the interview will go. Thinking this way is a mistake. For every invitation for a job interview, make sure that you spend time practicing how you will answer their questions. This is the only way you could be confident as you face your potential employers. 4. Taking your network for granted. In any career coaching centre, the importance of networking in job search is always emphasized. Experts will always insist that job seekers enhance their professional network to increase their chances of getting hired. Thus, you should take the time to go out and meet people within the industry. There are just so many benefits to having a big network, so this is something you shouldn’t forget to do. Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 4