You may spend hours preparing for an interview and even more on your resume/cover letter, but chances are your interviewer hasn’t done the same. Rather than taking it as an insult, here’s how to make use of their unpreparedness.
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When going into a job interview, many assume the interviewer is prepared. Fortune’s Ann Fisher tells us, however, that in reality they’re probably overworked and stressed out and feel that reading your resume and/or cover letter is just another task they probably can’t fit in to their schedule. Back when I used to conduct job interviews, I can tell you that’s exactly how I felt.
Fisher suggests this isn’t a bad thing, but rather a great opportunity to explain why you’re a great fit for the job. I’d add that you’ll serve yourself well by working that information into a story about yourself. Additionally, throughout the interview, you’ll have opportunities to add the details you think is important. Even if you’re mentioning items on your resume, chances are you won’t be repeating anything the interviewer already knows.
Fisher dispels several other interviewing myths in the full article, so check it out for some additional advice on what to expect, what information you should and shouldn’t provide, and more.