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7 INTERVIEW MYTHS TO STOP MISCONCEIVING




One important reason people fail at interviews is because of several misconceptions, or myths, about what really happens during the course of an interview.
You and i all have read several articles on matters concerning interviews and so on. We often prepare ourselves very well but boom we fail in the interviews.
This can be because of not knowing exactly the hidden truth/ myths about what really an interview is all about and we tend to have many misconceptions about it.
You have to understand that interviews are no different to other endeavors in life: the better you understand how they work (or don’t work), the higher the probability of tackling them successfully.

So today, let me share with you some myths/ misconceptions about interviews that many people misconceive.

Myth 1. MMMH!...THE BEST PERSON FOR THE JOB GETS IT.

Sometimes this is true, especially in a situation where everyone
knows everyone else, such as when a company is employing internally.

However, this is often not the case. The reality is that it is often the person who performs best at the interview who wins the interview. It is not really the person who has many qualifications than you will win the interview.

So you need to take important lessons here such are;

  • Don’t automatically pull out of applying for a job if you know someone better suited for the job is also applying for it. If you go to the trouble of preparing properly for the interview, there’s a good chance that you may be seen as the preferred candidate, especially if the other person takes the interview for granted and fails to prepare.
  • If you happen to know that you’re the best person for the job, avoid taking the interview for granted. Behave as though you’re competing against formidable rivals. Take the time to prepare properly. Just because you’ve  got a lot of experience and qualifications does not mean you know how to convey this message at an interview.


Myth 2. OH! if i answer the questions better than the others, i'll get the job.

Being able to provide good answers in an interview is very important, and failure to do so will almost certainly mean you don’t get the job.
However, you have to know that interviews are much more than just giving good answers. They’re also about convincing the
interviewer that you will be a nice person to work with.
To put it another way, it doesn’t matter how good your answers are technically,
if the interviewer doesn’t like you there’s not much chance you’ll get the job (unless your talents are unique, extremely difficult to find or the interviewer is desperate).

So avoid thinking about interviews just in terms of answering questions correctly.  Interviews are also about establishing rapport and trust, and whilst there is no fail-safe method in doing this, there are things you can do (and things you should not do) that will go a long way towards improving your skills in this all-important area of interviewing.

Myth 3.  Am good at talking!. I should try my level best to give the perfect answer. 

In most interviews we sometimes see too many people stumble over their words, repeat themselves and talk in circles because they’re trying to provide
the perfect answer, or what they think constitutes the perfect answer.

Some people are so obsessed with delivering the perfect answer that they don’t stop until they produce what in their opinion is a word- perfect response.
Because we can never be entirely sure of what the interviewer wants to hear, some of us will keep on talking in the hope that we’ll cover all bases.

Know that, the problem with this approach is that we end up talking too much, leading to the interviewer losing concentration, which, of course, is the last thing you need at an interview. The
reality is that in most cases there is no such thing as the perfect answer.
The lesson here is: it makes a lot of sense to settle for a good answer that gets to the point rather than meander all over the place searching for the elusive perfect answer.

Myth 4:  No! I should Never say ‘I don’t know’ in an interview. 

Interviews are about making a positive impression by answering questions intelligently and building rapport with the interviewer.
To this end, many interviewees feel that they have to provide the perfect answer to every question put to them, irrespective of whether or not they actually know the answer.
Clearly, a great interview is
one in which you can answer all the questions (and you should be able to do so if you take the time to prepare correctly); However, if you don’t know the answer to something, it is better to admit to it
rather than pretend to know and start waffling. Most interviewers can pick waffling a mile away and they don’t like it for a couple of very important reasons: first, it is likely to make you sound dishonest; and second, it will make you sound considerably less than intelligent.

Trying to answer a question that you have little idea about could undermine an otherwise great interview. This does not mean that you cannot attempt answers that you are unsure of. There’s nothing wrong
with having a go, as long as you make your uncertainty clear to the interviewer at the outset.
Here’s what an answer may sound like:
"I have to be honest and say that this is not an area I’m familiar with, though I am very interested in it. If you like, I’m happy
to have a go at trying to address the issue, as long as you’re not expecting the perfect answer."

Myth 5: No way! I must ask questions to demonstrate my interest and intelligence.

Many interviewees are under the mistaken belief that they must ask questions at the end of the interview.
There seems to be a common belief amongst many interviewees that this makes them sound more intelligent as well as more interested in the job.

This is not true.
Asking questions simply for the sake of doing so won’t improve your chances of getting a job. It could even make you sound a little dull especially if you ask questions about matters that were already covered during the course of the interview.
Only ask a question if you have a genuine query. Acceptable questions include those relating directly to the job you’re applying
for, as well as working conditions and company policies on such things as on pay, leave, and so on. Interviewers never mind answering questions about such matters, but they do mind answering questions
they perceive to be irrelevant. If you have no questions to ask, simply say something like: ‘Thankyou, but I have no questions. You’ve been very thorough during the course of the interview and have covered
all the important matters regarding the job.’

Myth 6: Oh yeah! I should just  Relax and just be myself.

Whilst it is important to be relaxed and show your better side, it is also very important to understand that interviews are not social engagements. Most interviews are highly formalised events in which otherwise innocuous behaviours are deemed unacceptable.
In short, being your usual self could spell disaster (as contradictory as that
may sound). For example, if being yourself means leaning back on your chair, dressing somewhat shabbily and making jokes, you might find yourself attending an inordinate number of interviews.
Whilst interviewers like people to be relaxed, they also have definite expectations about what behaviours are appropriate for an interview and you violate these expectations at your peril!

Myth 7. Mmh today i am going to wear my best of the best outfit! Because in interviews only Good-looking people get the job

I suppose if the job was for a fashion or model industry, then good looks would certainly help, but know that for most other
jobs the way you look is not as big a deal as many people make out.
The claim that good-looking people
get the job over plain-looking people makes one seriously weak assumption that employers make a habit of putting someone’s good looks before the interests of their livelihood.
This is not to say that appearance and a bright personality are not important factors at an interview. It is very important that you dress appropriately and try your best to demonstrate all your friendly qualities. Good looks are certainly overrated in interviews, but an appropriate appearance and a friendly personality are not.

To summarize these explanations just know that:

  • The best person for the job does not necessarily win it—often it’s the person who gives the best interview.
  • Interviews are more than just giving technically correct answers. They’re also very much about building rapport.
  • It’s better to be honest and admit ignorance than try to pretend you know an answer and come across as disingenuous and less than bright.
  • Striving to give the perfect answer can get you into trouble. It’s better to give a good answer that’s to the point rather than searching for perfection; besides, often there’s no such thing as the perfect answer.
  • Do not ask questions for the sake of it. Onlyask a question if you have a genuine query that has not been covered.  
  • Interviews are formal occasions requiring relatively formal behaviours. Interviewers will expect this and may react negatively if they don’t see it.
  • Good looking people win jobs—maybe in Hollywood movies / Fashion shows, but on the whole, employers are keen to hire talent over superficial factors.
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