I have written before about the delicate balance between managing impressions and being authentic. But how authentic do you want to be in a job interview? After all, the hiring interview is all about winning the job, right? Here is the key to presenting yourself in a positive way, but also being authentic and true.
First and foremost, present yourself in a positive light, but don’t exaggerate and never lie. Lies and exaggerations will come back to haunt you, and could cost you that dream job.
Before the interview, it is important to take stock of your strengths. What are your skills and experiences that are relevant to this job? It is also critical to research the job beforehand. You should be prepared to quickly emphasize your skill strengths and your fit for the job.
How do you deal with weaknesses? Beforehand, also take an inventory of your shortcomings, such as lack of specific relevant experiences, and create a “plan” to deal with them. Emphasize that you can be a motivated, quick learner. Discuss instances in the past where you have risen to a challenge. Rather than being defensive about shortcomings, emphasize how you can learn and improve.