Interviewing: Expectation vs. Reality

Are you preparing for job interviews? It’s so important to go into them with the right expectation. In this article, we’ll explore some of the differences between what you may expect during an interview and what you’ll actually experience. Regardless of how the interview turns out, it is important to be prepared for both scenarios. Here are some expectations versus reality scenarios when it comes to job interviews.



The interviewer will ask you standard questions about your qualifications and experience.


While the interviewer may ask some standard questions, they will also likely ask you more unique and specific questions about your skills and abilities. They want to get to know you and see if you’re a good fit for the job.


Some questions you may be asked during an interview about your skills and abilities include:

-What relevant experience do you have?

-How would you approach a situation?

-What makes you qualified for this job?


To answer these questions, it is important, to be honest, and specific. Talk about your previous experiences and how they have prepared you for this job. If you don’t have direct experience, talk about other experiences that have helped you develop the skills necessary for the job. Be sure to avoid generalities and give specific examples whenever possible.



The interviewer will be interested in everything you have to say.


The interviewer may not be as interested in hearing about your personal life or experiences that are not related to the job. They want to know what you can bring to the table and how you can help the company.


Translation, always be professional! Even if the interviewer seems like they want to chat, focus on the job and what you can do for the company. Steer the conversation back to the job when necessary.



The interview will last about an hour.


Depending on the type of job, the interviews can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours. Make sure you’re prepared for a longer interview if necessary. It is still wise however to block off at least an hour in case it goes well and requires more of your time!



You will have time to ask the interviewer questions at the end of the interview.


The interviewer may not want to answer your questions if they feel like you’re not a good fit for the job. However, it’s always a good idea to have a few questions prepared in case they do allow you to ask them.


Some great examples of this include:

-Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?

-What are the most important qualities that you’re looking for in a candidate?

-What do you enjoy most about working here?


Asking questions shows that you’re interested in the job and want to learn more about it. It can also help you get a better sense of whether or not the job is a good fit for you, as after all, you have to ensure the position is the right move for you too!


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