Re: 6 IT Job Hunting Dos & Don'ts
The hiring process is basically an art form unto itself. Some may call it the art of BS'ing, but there's a fine line in there. You should actually go that extra mile if you want the job (social media and professional networking are a must these days, good tips on that front), but you also have to play to your strengths and play off the employer's expectations. It's all expected. You call it a 'stubborn reality', Ellis, and that's a good way of putting it - everyone is expected to 'play the game' to a certain extent, and truthfully, that's often to everyone's benefit. However, this is also a good list of faux pas to avoid along the way - not for your employer's sake, but for your own.
I would add that there's also an art to reading between the lines. For example, if your interviewer leans too hard on you to present situations that explain your strengths, that may be a sign they don't have that much investment or they don't understand the job they're interviewing you for. You also need to peel back that vaneer a little bit and double check if the company culture underneath is really right for you. Another great tip I heard once is not to worry about things that are beyond your control - it sounds obvious, but I think this contributes to a lot of jitters. If your ISP fails you during a VoiP interview, for example, it might well cost you the job - but worrying about that is not going to help you at all.