Authenticity

Krasi Shapkarova

Krasi is Carey the Torch's Editor-in-Chief and also represents the Career Development Office in Washington, D.C., working with students on career exploration and development. Krasi holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

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“Be yourself. Everybody else is taken.”

Oscar Wilde

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uthenticity is a valued, rare and quite misunderstood quality that holds a special place in career development discussions. Job candidates are encouraged to most of all be authentic during an interview: to express genuine interest in the company and act as themselves when responding to interview questions. Finding who you are as a person and as a professional, and being comfortable with that discovery, certainly reflects maturity and growth. However, keep in mind that being yourself does not mean that you will definitely secure each job you interview for. In fact, who you are might not be who the company is looking for. Nevertheless, by being authentic, you avoid potential mutual disappointment in the event you are not a good fit. So go ahead, follow Oscar Wilde’s advice, because if you do not embrace who you are, then no one else will either.

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