Recruiter Comment on How To Handle an Interview

I love it when people contribute to this blog based on their real world experience. That’s what Work Coach Cafe is all about.

So I’d like to share some words of wisdom from a recruiter who is in the middle of his or her own job search and left a comment on 18 Practical Tips to Help You Ace Your Job Interview, talking about why it’s important to just be real during an interview:

“Relax, be honest and enjoy it. You are two people – you both got up this morning, got ready for your day, did your daily routine and had appointments and things to do before your interview. You also both have things to do after your interview. You both traveled to the location and as an interviewer all you are thinking is – PLEASE be normal, please show up on time, please be friendly and easy to talk to. The rest is just experience and at the end of the day if you haven’t got it, you aren’t going to fool anyone otherwise. If you are successful at fooling someone, you may well just have a nice little ‘three month stint’ to add to your CV when your inexperience shows. Do everyone a favor, be real.”

I know that may sound strange to some of you. Or overly simplistic. “But I have to be what THEY are looking for” you may be thinking. Yes, but if you aren’t that, you can stand on your head until the cows come home and quote every perfect answer you find on the internet and you still won’t be any more what they’re looking for!  (Unless standing on your head is part of the job description, of course.)

Now that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t come prepared. Good preparation is essential – and preparation also helps you relax.  And that includes things you do before arriving at the interview as well as the attitude you bring into the interview room with you.

You can find tips for handling your interview as well as preparing for it in the original article the commenter was referring to 18 Practical Tips to Help You Ace Your Job Interview. Please check it out.

And to the best of your ability, remember to be yourself. That’s who they really want to see. And in the end, that’s who will have the best chance of finding a job that’s right for you. Something you most definitely deserve!

More interview articles from Work Coach Cafe

15 Things I Look for When I Interview People

Job Interview Question: How To Handle Tell Me A Little About Yourself

Job Interviews: Where Do You See Yourself Five Years from Now?

Job Interviews: What’s Your Greatest Strength?

Job Interviews: What’s Your Greatest Weakness?

About the author…

Ronnie Ann, founder of Work Coach Cafe, bases her real-world advice on her many years as an organizational consultant where she helped interview and hire people, added to a certificate from NYU in Career Planning & Development and her own adventures as a serial job seeker. She can also be found on her new blog, and on Google+.


  1. That’s keeping it real! I love this. J

  2. Thanks, JC! Hope all is well.

  3. Being yourself is I think the most important piece of advice that jobseekers can use to increase their chances of winning an interview. Preparation is definitely the key to success. Thanks for sharing some really valuable tips!

  4. Thanks for the visit and comment. Job seekers often don’t realize just how much an interviewer wants to talk to a real person, and not some manufactured plastic version spouting answers they think the interviewer wants to hear. No better way to lose out on a job than to fail to connect.

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