Revealing True Self in Interviews Beneficial

While job candidates often view interviews as opportunities to sell themselves, a new University of Guelph study has found many applicants opt for being completely genuine rather than going over the top.

Psychology professor Dr. Deborah Powell and PhD student Brooke Charbonneau in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences led three studies that are among the first to investigate what psychologists call “self-verification behaviour” in job interviews.

Those who practise self-verification during interviews offer unembellished information aligned with their own views of themselves.

This study, which appeared in the International Journal of Selection and Assessment and was featured by Psychology Today, found that participants hoped that being completely honest would make them stand out from other applicants.

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