Job interviews are a process that generates a lot of stress for us. And it is no wonder: on the one hand, the job search process is long and frustrating; on the other, we need to earn money to live; Furthermore, we want to work on what pleases us ; Another reason is that it would be good for us to find work in the city or country where we live; Finally, sometimes the position is exactly what we were looking for and we would love to be able to access it.

But, apart from all the motivations we have for being hired after a selection process, there is the fact that the interview situation is quite uncomfortable. They are evaluating us, we are uncertain that we do not know if what we offer is appropriate to what the company is looking for, and it is also a rather serious and not very warm environment. However, among all the concerns we may have about job interviews, or the selection processes in general, we should not add those caused by certain myths or misconceptions about them. These are some:

1. The interviewer notices how you feel and your gestures

Since the person conducting the job interview is usually a psychologist or psychologist, we believe that they look at many more aspects of our non-verbal communication than we realize. How we sit, how we position our feet, what we do with our hands, where we look … all these questions are not relevant when hiring a person, unless it is something very obvious that can attract attention, and If someone notices it, they may be sinning too strict with aspects that do not speak of how the person is. It is normal to be nervous and make gestures that show it, but nothing happens. Just adopt a natural and comfortable posture .

2. You must be ambitious and aggressive

As we see in the movies, it seems that people with aggressive attitudes, that is, high ambition, getting what they set out to do, being upright, trying to cut the interviewee, etc., is synonymous with being a competent person in the job. But no, even if we go overboard with ambition or arrogance , they push us back because not that person would not adapt well to the team or department to which they could be incorporated.

3. It is better to lie

In job interviews, as we said, we cannot know what profile, training and skills the company is looking for for that position, so lying is risky. Tell the truth, because, although it is true that this should be told in the most attractive way possible, if you invent things about yourself that are not true, especially in relation to your performance or your previous training, you will not adjust to the needs of the company are not yours, and the employment relationship may deteriorate. Although it also happens that, if your lies are perceived as too blatant, the interviewer or interviewer inquires further into the subject to find out if what they comment is true or not.

4. You cannot know the work of the people by a simple interview

Yes and no . In most cases, the selection processes involve several phases, to know several aspects to evaluate in the candidates. So the interview is complemented with other techniques when it is not enough with it. The use of one method or another of evaluation depends on the objectives, so sometimes the only thing you want to know about the company of the people who apply for the position is obtained from the interview. In addition, our skills and performance are not static qualities, we can all improve in the work environment.

5. I was wrong to answer …

Based on what we have discussed so far, we must bear in mind that there are no good and bad answers in job interviews . We always try to find the person who best fits the position, with the team and with the values ​​and climate of the company. If you have not been selected or selected for the position, it is because the company, the team or the department and you do not fit, or sometimes because there are people who are better adapted to what is needed. This does not mean that the doors are closed for you for life, there will be other moments, other positions, other teams or you yourself will acquire other knowledge and skills that will be valued differently in the future.

Of course, all these questions respond to situations in which the selection processes are carried out rigorously and by competent people, prepared for it. Unfortunately, the job market is very broad and diverse, and we sometimes run into companies and recruiters who don’t perform well in this job of searching for the ideal candidates . But that also says a lot about the company that makes the selection, and if Human Resources are not taken seriously, then perhaps we are better off away from it. We will simply have to be patient and keep trying, although we know that it costs a lot. 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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