Even a seasoned veteran of employment interviews tends to think of them the wrong way. She goes into each interview assuming that the interviewer holds all the cards, a deck that he has craftily stacked against her—in order to grill her, wear her down, to expose her every flaw. That is one of several interview myths. There are more.
Myth 1: Employers Always Know What They Want
Even if you could manage to show your “best,” how do you know it would be good enough? How do you know that your “best” is the “best,” what this particular employer is looking for?
So the real problem is that you’re in the dark, and fear of the dark is a pretty common—pretty primal—fear.
Don’t think of the interview as something that is ...