5 Job Interview Myths Debunked by Experts.
When you think about common myths and rumours, three things come to mind; The Loch Ness Monster, the city of Atlantis, and job interviews.
Ok, so maybe job interviews aren’t quite in the same category as the other two. But you’d be surprised with some of the myths surrounding job interviews. Some that are true, some that are false, and some are just plain silly. So, come with us as we help to debunk these rumours.
We are Drake Recruitment, and here are 6 job interview myths debunked by us.
I Should Definitely Talk About Salary.
We’ve heard many candidates ask us when they should bring up the topic of salary or pay during the job interview. Our advice is this: don’t.
If the interview progresses to that subject area, it’s fine to discuss it. However, it’s not required that you mention or ask about payment. If anything, it can be damaging to your chances of landing the job if you mention it out of the blue. As some interviewers may see this as your main desire for wanting the job, which never looks good.
We’re not saying don’t discuss salary or pay, but we don’t advise you being the one to bring it up. It’s not like you won’t be aware of the salary or pay when you’re offered a position.
Myth Verdict: False.
The Most Qualified Candidate Isn’t Always Offered the Job First.
We’ve mentioned in [PREVIOUS BLOGS] how qualifications don’t always outweigh potential. The same can be said here.
Business owners and interviewers are often willing to overlook a lack of skills or qualifications in order to land the person they believe will fit in with their team. Especially if the skills needed for the position or job can be taught to a newcomer.
So, don’t ever decline a job interview because you think someone else will be more qualified than you. Because there may well be. But that shouldn’t stop you from attending the interview and showing the business why they can’t afford to not hire you.
Myth Verdict: True.
The Interviewer Will Always Be Prepared.
Interviewers are people, just like you.
There may be times when your interviewer is underprepared, or not on top of their game. Being late, getting your details incorrect, anything can happen. It’s important to remember that they’re fitting your interview in around their day. So, there’s every chance that they may be underprepared.
On the other hand, there is a chance that they will be fully prepared. So, you must be prepared for that, too.
Myth Verdict: False… sort of.
I Need to Mention Every Previous Job & Qualification You Have.
No. Bottom line. No, you don’t.
For example, I worked in a restaurant kitchen for some time and had a food hygiene certificate when I applied for my current position. Did I outright mention it during the interview? No. Why? Because it wasn’t relevant at the time.
Of course, these positions can still be mentioned on your CV or resume (again, they don’t have to be), but you don’t have to mention these during an interview. If your previous job or qualification isn’t relevant, don’t waste your breath. Use the time you have to focus on the skills and experience you have that can relate to the position you’re interviewing for. If the interviewer mentions parts of your CV or resume that you’ve not mentioned, then is the time to discuss them. However, if they’re not brought up, there’s no need to discuss them.
All interviewers are different, but their goal is the same; to find the best-suited candidate for the job. If you’re interviewing for a position at a radio company, don’t waste their time telling them how you’ve worked cleaning pools and have a GCSE in P.E. Keep it relevant, and you’ll be fine.
Myth Verdict: False.
I Can Send A Thank-You Note, Letter, or Email After the Interview.
The thank-you note is somewhat of a dying art form. Many people nowadays will express their thanks verbally after an interview, rather than in written form. However, it’s not completely dead. And some interviewers will greatly appreciate this.
There’s a possibility it may help your chances of securing the position (if the interviewer hasn’t already decided), but this isn’t the sole reason to do this. Send a thank-you note or email after your interview as a genuine thank-you. As it’s often easy to tell when a document expressing your thanks is fake when it is fake.
However, the bottom line is that you can send a thank-you note, letter, or email once your interview has finished. Not many people still do this, but there’s nothing to stop you from doing so.
Myth Verdict: True.
And there you have it, 5 job interview myths debunked! So, what now?
Until next time, happy job hunting!