5 myths about personal interviews

5 myths about personal interviews


There are several myths about what happens during an interview or on how a candidate should conduct him/herself. If you go for an interview with too many preconceived notions, the recruiter might not be able to see the ‘real’ you. Don’t fail at this crucial juncture of your career and know how interviews really work as we break down the common interview myths –

Myth no. 1: I am not fit for the job
Demoralizing yourself is bad, better believe in yourself and sit for the interview. Stop analyzing about competence of others and start focusing on yourself.


Myth no. 2: The more you say the better
In interviews you are asked number of questions to which an individual should respond cleverly. But that doesn’t mean a lot of exact detail is given. Interviews are more about interacting and rapport building. A detailed answer may not be a smart answer; frankly a long and overly detailed answer is often considered as a distraction, despite having its technical accuracy.

Myth no. 3: Never say ‘I don’t know’
Interviews are about impressing the interviewer by answering cleverly and building rapport with interviewer. Now some people feel ashamed of saying “I don’t know” because that may lead to a bad impression. The fear of bad impression makes interviewee loose track. The interviewee now starts waffling and pretends that he knows the answer. Avoid the BIG mistake to always appear perfect, this may act disadvantageous for you.

Myth no. 4: Good looks can get you a job
If this be the reason then every gorgeous girl would be employed. Please remember it is the personality that matter the most. The statement “good-looking people get job” is blemished. Employers are aware about poor hiring and its cost, so be rest assured. It is important to be presentable and dressed appropriately, do not mix it with ‘good looks’.

Myth no. 5: Take it easy and just be you
It’s good to be you; it’s good to be relaxed. We must know that interviews are formal events and not social engagements. For instance, you go in a relaxed way, wearing track pants and sports shoes; lean back on your chair; but this will not work. We must respect the formal engagement and present ourselves accordingly. The interviewer may try to be frank but you must know your limits.

Make sure you do not repeat these mistakes, if you have already. Be confident and surge ahead to find your dream job.

(Inputs from an article originally appeared on India Today Education)