75 percent of job seekers aren’t telling interviewers who they really are

Are you brutally honest or do you hold back?

Job interview Are you the type of person who doesn’t act differently during a job interview and lets it all hang out? Or do you mask some of your off-hours traits and keep it totally professional from beginning to end? More than three-quarters of the respondents to a recent Monster poll said they’ve kept their personalities under wraps in front of an interviewer. The poll asked the question: During a job interview, how often do you hide some of your personality traits? Results showed 1,367 respondents said they hide their personalities to some degree; with only 437 respondents saying they never did. Among those who admitted modifying their personality in front of an interviewer, there were varying degrees to which they did it. Respondents could choose among the following answers: “Always,” “usually,” “sometimes,” “seldom” and “never.” Here were the results:
  • Always: 253 — 14.02%
  • Usually: 251 — 13.91%
  • Sometimes: 513 — 28.42%
  • Seldom: 351 —19.45%
  • Never: 437 —24.21%
“Your goal in an interview is to show the best version of yourself — not pretend to be a completely different person,” says Mary Ellen Slayter, careers expert for Monster. “After all, what's going to happen when you get the job and find out that you're a terrible fit? Go in and pretend to be that person every day?” The non-scientific poll ran from Feb. 7 to March 3 on Monster.com and gained 1,805 total respondents.
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