Lucy was chatting to a friend about an interview she had coming up, and it reminded her of a picture she saw on social media that had made her smile.
My friend and I were talking about her forthcoming interview, and she was telling me all about the research she’d done on the role and the organisation she was applying to work for. She then asked me how I thought she should come across. My suggestion was ‘as you’. She’s a smart, warm and positive person, so what’s not to love?
Some people get very anxious about interviews, and I suppose it can feel like there’s a lot at stake, but I’ve always enjoyed the few I’ve had. Of course, it’s sensible to do the research and put some thought into the questions you might be asked, but when it comes to questions about yourself, don’t you already know the answers?
If it felt like the person interviewing me was trying to catch me out somehow, I’d feel relieved that I’d recognised this before I’d committed to working for them. That isn’t the sort of person I’d want for a boss. If I answer all questions truthfully, I figure I can’t go far wrong. If I can get across what I’m truly like, the person recruiting has the best opportunity to get a feel of whether I’d be a good fit for the role and the team I’d be working in. If I’m not the right person, again, it’s best to find out before any further commitment is made on either side.
The biggest risk of pretending to be someone you’re not in any situation is that you then have to live up to that persona, which might be quite exhausting. If the real you isn’t what was expected, you risk disappointing others and yourself when you can’t live up to the new persona.
Nothing illustrates this better than the pictures I saw recently on social media. Do you think visitors to this pool had their expectations matched based on the first two pictures posted on the hotel’s website? The real pool is illustrated in the final picture.Tell it how it is. Be the authentic you.