Don’t be afraid to be yourself in your interviews

Whether you’re looking to land your first interview, or have already secured one, our advice to you is be authentic.

Interviews Be Authentic

The idea of being true to yourself is one of the topics New York Times number one bestseller and University of Houston professor, Brene Brown, covers in her research. In her TED talk she touches on the power of vulnerability, courage and truth.  

Following six years, thousands of stories, hundreds of interviews and a whole lot of focus groups, she found the common theme among people who felt worthy, was that they “had the courage to be imperfect” and “were willing to let go of who they should be, in order to be who they were – for authentic connection”.

Our top five take-outs from this are:

1. What we know matters, but who we are matters more.

2. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.

3. What would you be glad you did, even if you failed?

4. Talk about your failures without apologizing.

5. Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day.

Check out Brene Brown’s TED talk.

So, how does all this relate to going for a job interview?

This advice isn’t letting you off the hook from spending time researching the organisation you want to work for, visiting their website, preparing answers to questions you may be asked, having examples of your work, and getting your interview outfit ready to go – definitely do this too.

It simply means, when you arrive for your interview, keep the above tips in mind. Your authenticity will shine through and it will feel easier for you to handle the interview basing your responses on what you know and feel.

For more interview advice visit our friends at Careers NZ.