Relaxing and being yourself might not seem like a strategy, but it might be the best one in terms of landing a job. Liz Ryan, writing at Forbes.com, comments the frustration many employers have with a pool of candidates that seem to excel at being indistinguishable from one another.
[R]ecruiters can’t get a bead on these young people, because so often in the interview there’s no ‘there’ there. Too many schools are training the students to give the ‘right’ answer, instead of saying what they believe.
Ryan points out that this may be coming from advice that job-seekers receive from these trying to help. Basically students and other job seeks are told to check their personality at the door, say what you need to say to get the job.
The counter to this is a Fortune 500 HR VP who says that there are companies out there that want people to check their personalities in interview. He’s just not one of them.
“Look, there have always been employers who want and expect their job applicants to suck up to them, and those employers deserve the suck-uppy applicants they get. Good employers have always needed new hires who know who they are and what they stand for, and I believe that good employers always will.”
The article has lessons for both employers and job-seekers. It seems that candidates could help their cause by showing more of their personality, but also for hiring managers who should encourage more personal expression.
It’s important to remember that the hiring process is really an extension of everyday life. Being genuine, using good judgement, and being on time will get you far.
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