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Relax, it is just a job interview!

Updated: Aug 3

Mastering Job Interviews: Be Yourself and Find the Perfect Fit

In my experience, I have encountered numerous talented and reliable youth who are more than capable of excelling in the jobs they apply for. However, they often struggle to secure job offers due to poor performance during interviews. The primary reason behind this struggle is nervousness, which causes them to forget how to be themselves in those crucial moments.

My advice to clients is always straightforward: don't overthink it. Take a deep breath and do your best. Interviews should be viewed as a two-way street. While employers are evaluating you, it is also an opportunity for you to assess them. Use this valuable time to ask yourself important questions: do you like the company culture? Does this job and work environment align with your values and goals? Remember, you hold the power to make the final decision whether to work with them or not.

The Job Interview: A First Date Analogy

I often draw an analogy for job seekers - an interview is like a first date. It is a critical moment where both sides analyze the fit for each other and decide whether to continue their relationship (in this case, a professional one). While you undoubtedly want to present your best self, never pretend to be someone else or lower your standards. The employer has chosen to meet you, which means you have already met the minimum requirements and left a positive impression with your standout resume or great referrals. Be confident and authentic; be yourself.

Embrace the "So What" Mentality

Be true to yourself during the interview, and if the employer decides not to hire you, remember - it's their loss. Keep searching for the right fit instead of regretting not being true to who you are and missing an opportunity. Never change yourself entirely to please someone or an employer; it will only lead to discomfort, and others can sense it too. By being genuine, you avoid wasting each other's time if you are not the right fit from the beginning. Believe in your worth; you will find the perfect match if you keep looking and follow your heart. Just like in any relationship, trying to force a square peg into a round hole will only lead to a misfit and discomfort. Similarly, don't force a fish to climb a tree. Look for the right environment for you after having self awareness and know what you can and cannot do instead of pushing yourself to do the tasks you are bad at.

Relax - It's Just an Interview

Remember, it's just a job interview, not the end of the world. However, preparation is still crucial. Research the company thoroughly and understand your strengths, interests, and values. Be prepared with answers and walk into the interview room with confidence, engaging in a conversation as you normally would. After all, employers are also only humans too. I remember feeling nervous when I was on the other end of the table many years ago. Be curious about the person interviewing you and the job. There is nothing regretful regardless of the result since you have done all the needed preparation work (including research, self-awareness and practiced in mock interview before hand).

Embracing your true self during job interviews is the key to success. Be confident, be genuine, and remember that you have the power to assess whether the company is the right fit for you.

Stay tuned for more articles, where I will share tips on how to prepare for job interviews, overcome nervousness, and guide you through the post-interview process.

Thank you for your time, and if you have any questions or need further guidance, feel free to reach out.

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