Author: Lea S.
When I have an interview coming up, friends and family would usually advise, ‘Just be yourself and you will ace it!’. Yes, it is very important to let our true personality shine in front of a future employer. After all, we would not want to be faking it throughout our career because it can get rather tiring! The problem is, if I am to be myself, I am afraid that my sometimes over-the-top attitude can scare my future bosses away! Hence, the whole ‘be yourself’ advice should only be taken to a certain limit because although it is essential to bring our real behaviours to light, it is probably more crucial to realise which habits we should keep to ourselves and what are more appropriate ways to behave at an interview.
I remember my lecturer once said, “The interview begins as soon as you step into the room” and I cannot have agreed more. Some people think that if you can respond well to the questions and have a fantastic resume, your interview will be a piece of cake and that the job will be yours in no time. Of course, such is not the case. Do you know that within the first few minutes when you walk into the room, the interviewers have more or less already made up their minds about the outcome of your job application? Because of that, the first impression is important with a capital I.
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