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What delightful anguish

In other words, don’t glue facades to your face.

The topic of job interviews came up in quite a few conversations recently. Somehow the topic of clothing and presenting yourself came up again and again, and every time I gave the same advice: dress the way you’d want to dress for the job. That goes for how you act during the interview in general: act the way you’d want to act on the job. You shouldn’t force yourself to be someone you aren’t to have a better shot at the job. If that’s what’s necessary, then you probably aren’t actually a good fit, and that’ll come back to bite you.

An uncle of mine offered another interesting insight regarding the matter. He once went to a job interview and was asked why he didn’t show up in a suit. In response, he remarked how his father worked in the construction industry, but never showed up to interviews in high-visibility vests. If a suit was expected of him on the job, that’d be no problem, but the interview was separate from that. They were supposed to gain insights into himself, rather than his presentation, after all.

Take from this what you will, but I believe in not going all-out on that corporate sausage. Best to stay true to yourself.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 04/01/2016 (2:54 PM)

    Your uncle’s advice makes a lot of sense. During interviews, employers are trying to figure out whether they want to work with you.

    Convincing them you are exactly like every other applicant and employee might not always be the best way to go.

    No right way to do it. Probably a lot of wrong ways, though!

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