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Ethics in Job Search: Selling Yourself Without Overinflating

Interviewing for a new job can be a stressful and confusing process. You may not know what to wear to an interview, which positions interest you most or even how to be an ethical leader once you land a new job. But before you get the job, you must ace your interview. A natural instinct may be to overinflate your experience, interest in the position or your preferences. However, you must resist that urge and answer honestly and ethically.

During the interview experience, you are sure to be asked a number of questions about yourself. This pressure may cause you pause as you try to decide how best to answer. Remember, you don’t actually know what the interviewer wants to hear. Interviewers would like for you to be candid and honest about any weakness you may have as it shows you are human and not some kind of robot.

If you find yourself at a crossroads in your job search, don’t rush to make the wrong choice. Rather, ask questions to help you understand. Asking questions shows that you’re interested in the job and that you’re willing to learn. Sometimes employers ask tough questions to see how you handle pressure, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t have all the answers.

The urge to overinflate can be strong, but your desire to remain ethical should be stronger. If you find yourself overinflating your past experience, bring the conversation back to specific examples from your background and previous roles. By returning to actual events and moments in your past, you have the opportunity to be honest and precise. After reviewing the job description, think of work you’ve done in past jobs, achievements you’re most proud of, clubs or volunteer positions that show you have experience and success doing the work they require. Keep these tips in mind before, during and after your interviews and you are sure to remain ethical and an ideal candidate.

-Dina Barabash, NASBA Content Development & Web Specialist