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  • Writer's pictureDominique Gutierrez

9 Common Job Interview Misconceptions (And Why They're Wrong!)

Updated: Feb 24

Job interviews can be insanely tedious, especially when you're not sure what to expect.

Here are 9 common misconceptions about job interviews that you might relate to:

  1. Job interviews are all about getting the right answers. It can feel like you're in school again, trying to ace a test. But interviews are also about showing your personality and enthusiasm for the job. However, most people don’t use the interview as an opportunity to learn more about the company and its culture. It is only fair that since they can ask you questions, you should be able to do the same! You want to ensure that this is a place you can see yourself enjoying (or at least tolerating until something better comes!) Here are five great questions to ask at the end of a job interview to learn more about the company:

  • What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the company right now, and how do you plan to address it?

  • Can you tell me more about the company culture and what it's like to work here?

  • What are the company's strengths, and how do you leverage them to achieve success?

  • How do you measure success within the company, and what metrics do you use?

  • What opportunities are there for professional growth and development within the company, and how do you support employees in achieving their career goals?

Asking these questions can show that you're interested in the company beyond just the job you're applying for, and can help you get a better sense of whether the company is a good fit for you.

  1. Interviewers only care about your technical skills. It's easy to assume that your qualifications and experience are all that matter, but interviewers also want to see that you have good communication and interpersonal skills.

Here are just a few examples of non-technical skills that interviewers are interested in:

  • Good communication

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work well in a team

  • Enthusiasm about the job and the company

  • Commitment to your own professional growth and development.

  • Strong work ethic

  • Positive attitude

  • Reliable & punctual

  • Willing to go above and beyond to get the job done

  • Adaptable

  • Able to handle challenges and changes in the workplace

Finally, employers want to see that you're a good fit for the company culture and that you share their values. This means that it's important to do your research on the company before the interview and to be prepared to ask questions about the company culture and what it's like to work there.

By demonstrating these qualities during your job interview, you can show employers that you're not just a technical expert but also a well-rounded and enthusiastic candidate who is committed to their own success and the success of the company.

  1. You should never mention your weaknesses. It's natural to want to present a perfect image of yourself, but identifying your weaknesses and how you're working to improve them can be a sign of self-awareness and growth. Mentioning your weaknesses in a job interview can actually be a sign of self-awareness and growth. It shows that you are able to identify areas where you need improvement and that you are actively working to overcome them. Employers can see this as a positive trait, as it demonstrates that you are willing to learn and grow in your role. However, it's important to frame your weaknesses to show how you are working to improve them, rather than just highlighting your flaws. For example: "One area I've been working on improving is my public speaking skills. I've been attending Toastmasters meetings regularly and practicing delivering presentations to small groups. I'm also working on developing more confidence in my abilities, which I believe will help me become a stronger public speaker in the long run." This shows that you are aware of your weaknesses, taking steps to improve them, and have a growth mindset.

  2. You have to be a perfect match for the job requirements. Job descriptions can feel like a long wishlist of qualifications, but employers often hire people who have the potential and the ability to learn and grow. Companies may prefer hiring less experienced candidates over a perfect match because it saves the company money and brings fresh perspectives. This also allows the company to train and develop the individual according to its specific needs and culture. Lastly, it can demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. While it may come with risks, hiring less experienced candidates can bring many benefits to the company in the long run.

  3. You should always accept the first salary offer. Negotiating your salary can be scary, but knowing your worth and advocating for yourself is important.

Here are two ways to negotiate your first salary offer:

  • Research typical salary ranges for your position and experience using resources like Glassdoor and Payscale.

  • Be confident and assertive in your approach. Start by thanking the employer for the offer, highlighting your skills and experience, explaining how they align with company goals, and negotiating until reaching a mutually beneficial agreement. Remember, negotiating is normal and expected.

  1. Interviewers already know everything about you from your resume. Interviews give you the chance to expand on your skills and experience and show how you fit into the company culture.

However, your resume is often the first impression that potential employers have of you. It should be well-crafted and tailored to the job you are applying for.

That's where DNG Career Services comes in. Our team of career experts can help you create a resume that showcases your skills and experiences in the best possible way so that you can make a great first impression and land your dream job.

  1. You have to dress conservatively for the interview. Dressing professionally is important, but it's also important to consider the company culture and dress accordingly.

  2. You should never bring up personal interests or hobbies. Talking about your hobbies can feel like a waste of time, but they can also help you connect with the interviewer and show that you're a well-rounded individual.

  3. The interview is the last step in the hiring process. Following up with a thank-you note or email can demonstrate your continued interest in the position and show that you're proactive and professional.

By understanding and challenging these misconceptions, you can confidently approach your next job interview and better understand what interviewers are looking for.

Struggling with your job search? Get a free consult with DNG Career Services. Our experts can help with everything from resumes to interviews. Contact us now to schedule your consultation!

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