Common Myths and Rumours about Job Interviews That Simply Aren’t True.
Interviews can be scary. We say this so often that we’re thinking about getting it printed on t-shirts. On the front, ‘Interviews can be scary’, and on the back, they’ll read ‘but they don’t have to be’. But why would we get that on the back? Well, because it’s true! They don’t have to be scary at all!
Today we’re going to run through some of the most common myths and rumours about job interviews that aren’t true. They’re lies, false, untrue, etc. Then, hopefully, once you finish this list, you’ll realise that job interviews aren’t as scary as you once thought. Are you ready? OK, let’s go!
The Interviewer Will Always Be Prepared – Wrong.
Interviewers are people too. We could stop there because we feel we’ve made our point, but we’re going to give you a little more detail.
As worried as you are that you may make a mistake or say the wrong thing, there’s every chance that the interviewer may feel the same. After all, there’s every chance that their full-time job is not to conduct interviews, much like yours is not to attend them. So, remembering this during your next interview can often help to calm you down.
So, will the interviewer always be prepared? No. So, this rumour is not true.
Only the Most Qualified Candidate Will Get the Job – Incorrect.
Sadly, many people don’t even apply for a job they might be slightly underqualified for, or perhaps don’t quite have the experience asked for. This is a shame because it’s not always as cut and dry as you having no chance because you don’t have exactly what the business is looking for.
More often than not, interviewers are looking for the most suitable candidate, not the most qualified. But what does this mean? Well, they’re looking for the candidate that they believe can fit into their team, be efficient, and potentially be trained to do exactly what’s needed.
So, although this won’t be the case for every position, we’re confident enough to say this myth is untrue.
They Only Want to Know About Your Working Ability – Not True.
As we’ve talked about in the previous point, an interview is not only about your working ability, experience, or anything of the sort. Interviewers know that to succeed in any role, the candidate must fit into the team – regardless of the business or industry. So, as much as an interview will be focused on your working ability, there will also be a significant proportion about you as a person. Your interests, why you want to work for the business, etc.
So, no, the idea that interviewers will only want to talk about your working ability is incorrect.
The Fact I’m Attending the Interview Shows Exactly How Interested I Am – False.
Don’t be confused by this point, attending the interview of course shows that you’re interested. But that doesn’t show exactly how interested you are, which can be pivotal to the success (or failure) of your interview.
To combat this, we always recommend you do your research on the position, the company, and even the interviewer where possible. Then, when you’re asked if you have any questions, or if you’d like to ask anything during the interview, you have your chance to impress. Ask about recent milestones, how long the interviewer has been with the business, where they see the business going, etc. This shows how interested you are in the open position way more than simply attending the interview.
So, no, it’s a lie that simply attending the interview shows exactly how interested in the role you are. There’s far more you can do.
They’re Going to Try and Catch You Out – Untrue.
Unless the interviewer is unprofessional, there is no reason for an interviewer to try and catch you out. After all, you’re there to show why you’d be a great fit for an open position, and they’re there to see if you’re the person they’re looking for. It makes no sense for them to try and catch you out or trick you in a spiteful way.
An interviewer may ask you to clarify something on your CV or provide details for anything missing. However, this is not to try and catch you out, rather, it’s to give them a better understanding of how suitable you are for the role. Of course, if there’s a blatant lie on your CV, this may come into question (which is why you should never lie an interview), but this still doesn’t mean they’re trying to purposely catch you out.
So, if anybody tells you about this rumour, you can tell them it’s false. No interviewer sets out to catch you out.
The Interviewers Are Robots – Maybe?
Of course, we’re joking here. But it reverts to our first point with the interviewer being a person. They have interests, hobbies, fears, and expectations – just like you. And although they may have experience in conducting interviews, they will not be some kind of interview robot. Things may go wrong, things may turn more casual than professional, or they may misread your CV. It happens. So, all you can do is best prepare yourself for the interview, and let your skills and personality do the rest of the talking.
Of course, there is every chance that your interviewer is a robot, but unless you see a charging port or broken LED on their skin, we think it’s safe to assume they’re not.
Thanks for reading, and good luck at your next interview!