‘Be Yourself’ – Truth or Myth? [Link]

by Jessica Lu on May 4, 2012

Inside Higher Ed has some interesting advice on whether advising someone to “be yourself” during an interview is the right approach. I found most of the recommendations in the article useful. But I would also counter that you shouldn’t pretend to be someone else.

What do you think? How do you balance being “yourself” and your “professional persona”?

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1 Kristen Erickson May 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

I don’t think the message was so much don’t be yourself as be yourself at your most confident. However I think the author overlooked that departments are also looking at how you will be to work with… will you make their jobs easier or harder? I think the question we need to answer in an interview is how are we going to make each program better, and make the jobs of our coworkers easier.

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