Look, I’m not saying you should just make things up, per se, but it’s OK to exaggerate things. The fact of the matter is that everyone else is doing it, and if you don’t keep up, employers just won’t be able to see you as a top candidate. Let’s take a look at some examples of how you might make yourself look more impressive with a little creative presentation:
See? Either way you’re saying essentially the same thing, but in a way that presents value to your interviewer.
“What’s your biggest weakness?” This question trips up more job seekers than any other, but it doesn’t have to. While tricky to navigate, this question actually provides you with the opportunity to present yourself in a positive light. Here’s an example of a good and bad response to this question:
Improper interview attire is one of the biggest problem spots for potential employees. You don’t want to look like you don’t care about the position, but you also don’t want to come off as stuffy, or someone who wouldn’t fit in with the office culture. Here’s an easy rule of thumb to make sure you look like someone who is ready to accept a job offer: wear what people in the office you’re applying to wear, but more. Here are some examples for different types of offices:
Inevitably, your interviewer is going to ask you about your old job, and why you left. Think about your job interview like dating. Imagine: you’re out on a date, and all you keep talking about is how great your old boyfriend was. Your date would think you’re not over your ex, and be totally creeped out, right? It doesn’t make sense to treat a job interview any differently. Your interviewer needs confirmation that you aren’t going to decide you’re still in love with your old job and get back together with it while you string your new job along like a goddamn outfit accessory. Take a look at the right and wrong things to say about your old workplace.