Job interviews are pivotal moments in life; they hold the promise of an amazing new career, and your performance not only determines whether you get the job, but how much money you'll stand to make and what kind of expectations are set by both parties. In just a few minutes to an hour, your behavior could determine the course of your next decade. That's a scary thought, so it's no wonder why there's so much content about job interview performance circulating out there.

But here's the thing: not all of this advice is sound. Most of it sounds good, and much of it has been in practice for so long that it's an expected custom, but in a practical environment, these job interview myths just don't hold up:

Your interviewer will ask you questions about your resume.
Dress for success.
There's always a correct response.
The interviewer is fully in charge.
Qualifications are everything.
Be brief.
Advice always applies.

Remember, a job interview isn't about conforming to expectations, and it isn't about giving perfect answers. Employers hold job interviews because they want to see what type of person you are. It's generic, clichd advice, but oftentimes the best thing you can do is just be yourself and try not to worry about all the details. You'll come across as more sincere, more relatable, calmer, and more experienced. On top of that, if your employer still doesn't think you're a good fit for the company--you probably aren't!

Published on: Mar 23, 2016
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