Busting 5 popular myths about job interviews

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Job interviews are the critical link between being qualified for a job and getting it. Your resume gets you to the interview, but it is your performance in the interview that gets you the job offer. That is why it is important to dispel a few job-interviewing myths that prevail among job-seekers.

  1. Your resume must be only one page long

    It is believed that interviewers will not read your resume if it is longer than one page. This is not true. It is quite difficult to summarize your whole list of achievements, contact info or relevant qualifications in a single page. Reducing the font size just to fit this one-page rule not only sounds ridiculous, it may also ruin the good impression the recruiter may have of you. You can expand this to two pages, but it is best to keep the maximum length at that.

  2. List all your references

    In some places, checking up with the references is only a practice used by human resources to confirm that you have previously worked where you said you did. Most of the time these references may never be contacted at all. However, you can use this to your strategy. After the interview you would have gotten a sense of what the recruiters think of you or seek from you. You can use the moment to use the reference that may give you an advantage, provided that you have contacted them beforehand and explained your situation to them.

  3. Keep your answers short

    How would you feel if you ask someone a long question, expecting a similarly long answer only to get, ‘Yes, I think so’ or ‘No, I don’t think so’ as your answers? It is okay to open up and talk about the company or to explain yourself when you are asked a question, particularly if you have done your homework. If keeping your answers short will not help you get the job, why would you do it just because someone tells you to?

  4. Disclosing a real weakness

    'What is your biggest weakness' is a very popular interview question. Many job seekers assume they should give a faux weakness that can be turned into a strength like, 'I'm a perfectionist' or 'I care too much about the work.' No interviewer wants to hear one of these lame responses. Try using this interview question to demonstrate your self-awareness and commitment to professional development. Talk about an area with which you have struggled that is relevant to your work and what you have done to overcome that limitation.

  5. Asking too many questions

    You need to ask questions. This is your right as a candidate. You are interviewing the employer just as much as they are interviewing you. The interview is your opportunity to step inside the organization, see how the potential boss communicates with you, and talks to prospective colleagues. Your interviewers will expect you to ask questions, so be sure that you do.