Going for a job interview? Just be yourselfie

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You saw the job ad, sent in an application and now you've been invited to an interview.

It's time to get ready for your next job hunting challenge.

Whether you’ve secured your interview, or are looking to land one, our suggestion is to be authentic, or as someone coined it – “Just be yourselfie”.

The idea of being true to yourself is one of the topics that New York Times number one bestseller and University of Houston professor, Brene Brown, covers in her research. In her powerful 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”.

How does all this relate to going for a job interview?

As well as being true to yourself, you should spend 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.

When you arrive for your interview, keep Brene Brown’s tips in mind – “What we know matters, but who we are matters more” and “Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness”.

So, with your arsenal of practical tips from our website and the courage to be yourselfie, you’ll have all you need to win over your future employer. Good luck!

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