8 Interview Myths, Debunked in 3 Minutes

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You may be nervous about your upcoming interview of support ic qa cs amazon, but there’s no need to stress. You’ve got plenty of time to prepare, and you’re bound to ace your next interview! So what are those pesky interview myths you’ve been hearing? Let’s take a closer look at them.

1) It’s okay to use my phone while interviewing.

This one is so silly! And we wouldn’t even believe it if someone told us there was any truth behind it. But you should know that the interview will last at least half an hour, and you should put your phone down immediately after the interview. That’s just good manners.

But we know it’s hard to resist tapping away at your phone during a social call with friends or checking Twitter—and sometimes you may even take a selfie of yourself! The point is: no matter how much you want to text, e-mail, or update Facebook in an interview (or maybe even during your interview!), DON’T DO IT! Put the phone down. We don’t mean turn it off completely, but just put it down so that you’re not tempted to look at texts or check Facebook when other people are around.

2) I can tell an interviewer what I’d like to be doing in a couple of years.

Interviewers aren’t thinking about where you’re headed within the company; they’re thinking about what you can do for them today! When they ask you “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” they really want to know:

• Can you solve the problem he just asked you?

• Will it be easy or hard to train you?

• Do we really want someone who doesn’t know how we work—or is this person going somewhere else because she’s fully qualified and ready to apply her knowledge elsewhere?

3) I should never let my interviewer see me sweat.

We’re not sure where this myth started, but it’s just not true! The interview process is intense, and we know you can’t wait to get the job! But try not to be nervous— your interviewer will expect that you’re a little nervous. That’s natural for the interview process. That’s what nervousness does. Instead, try to relax and smile—and definitely don’t fidget or squirm. You’ll only make yourself more nervous and uncomfortable!

4) I should wear a suit for my interview.

We hope you are superstitious about this, but you can wear a suit or any kind of outfit that makes you feel confident and comfortable! Maybe you have a favorite dress or pair of shoes that you always wear, or maybe your parents always tell you to “dress like the girl who would be hired if the job were open”. Whatever it is, try to avoid thinking so much about what you will look like while interviewing, and just focus on how good you feel in your own clothes.

5) My interview answers should match or be related to the job I’m applying for.

The truth is, an interviewer isn’t looking to see if you know how to code or solve a math problem. He’s looking to see if you are a good fit for the company and whether you want it enough to do whatever it takes. Your answers should reflect that—not how much you know about everything.

6) I shouldn’t bring up the salary on my resume.

If the interviewer asks you point-blank how much you want to make, be honest. Or if she takes the lead and throws out a figure, it’s okay to counter. You don’t have to be greedy, but that’s one of the most important things for both you and your employer to know.

7) I can tell my interviewer about my weaknesses or something bad about myself.

No one likes to hear about yourself when you’re working, so it can be tempting to ‘dig’ a little bit. But your interviewer will just want to know if you are a good fit for the company and if you can step up and handle the job. Interviewers aren’t looking for people who are perfect—if they were, they’d probably fill the job themselves! But they are looking for people who know what is wrong with their work and always try their best to make improvements in the things that need fixing. They want to know that you will accept constructive criticism.

8) I can ask my interviewer anything that comes to mind.

You might think you have a good zinger or two in you, but unless you’re an expert interviewer who has interviewed many times and knows what to expect, there’s no need to ask questions that aren’t related to the job, your experience, or the company. Doing so will just give your interviewer second thoughts about hiring you.

Summary:

Interview myths can be very detrimental. As we’ve seen, most of the time these are completely false. By knowing how to interview well, you can have a more comfortable and confident experience—not to mention the possibility of landing your dream job! Know that you have a lot of value to bring to any situation, and work hard at making sure your thoughts are communicated in a positive way.

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