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Be you! It is always good to just be you, as it is exhausting trying to be someone that we are not. Desperation to get a job may force us to act in a way that we think the interviewer wants us to be. And indeed, this method might work in the short term, but will it last long term? Here are 5 reasons why you should just be you.

  1. If you aren’t the real you in the interview, then who are you going to be when you start working for the company? Are you going to keep this false persona up or is the real you going to appear? If the fit isn’t real, then the chances are you are going to be unhappy.
  1. You don’t know what the interviewer is really like. You might have done your research but how correct is it? Is their LinkedIn profile a good representative of who they really are or is it a glossy version of themselves?Those personal opinions that individuals might have given you, are simply that, their personal opinion. What’s good for them, may not be good for you.
  1. Even if you have a good grasp of what you think they are like, you are not in control of what mood they will be in on that day. A multitude of things could have happened to them that morning that you would not be aware of that could quite easily affect their personality in that meeting.
  1. Up until now the company may be renown for only hiring a specific type of person. However, the world is changing and unbeknownst to you they may be looking for a fresh approach to things. So trying to predict what you think they might want, could well be a disadvantage to you.
  1. Being yourself will make you more relaxed in the interview, your answers will be natural, and the process will hopefully feel more like a conversation, whereas if you are being someone else the answers may sound fake and conversation may seem more robotic.

So being YOU is important. If you aren’t successful at getting the job, then it is probably because you weren’t the right fit for them, which more importantly means that they were not the right fit for you. Better to find out now than spend the next six months being really unhappy and desperately trying to find a way out.

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