It’s the age old question, do I disclose everything about myself in an interview, warts and all, or do I cover over any indiscretions in my personality or my career that may hamper my chances of obtaining my ideal job.
So lets look at the pro’s & con’s.
The purpose of an interview, whether it’s with a client directly or a recruitment consultant is to ascertain your suitability for a specific position, so it’s our job to ascertain your technical skill set first and foremost – can you actually do the job?
But more importantly it seems in our current climate it’s ‘can you do the job well’?
Will you fit with the current team? What does your personality say about you?
More often than not you are extremely well behaved in an interview when you are vying for that coveted role with the sensational company, making sure to answer questions as accurately as possible, smiling, and generally being polite. But how about in the real world, are you as polite? Are you as accommodating? That’s what we have to systematically ”unpeel” in an interview, how do you handle certain situations, are you a diamond in the rough? Or are you just rough?
When an external consultant is engaged to source the very best candidates that the market has to offer, these are the kind of subtle differences that get you across the line, what your personality traits are really like and how that can enhance the client’s business.
So what should you disclose? Provide real life examples, whether situations turned out well or not, proves you are an open communicator, you have learnt and grown as an individual, that you are adaptable to change and confident enough that you are still desirable as a candidate of choice.
It’s not about being perfect; it’s about being the best you can be, and the honesty surrounding that makes you the perfect candidate and an asset to any business.