Is it alright to play dumb on a job interview?

United States
June 18, 2007 5:48pm CST
Well a friend of mine gave me an advice to sometimes play dumb on a job interview, because sometimes if you're a "Miss know it all." The recruiter or interviewer wouldn't like to hire you. Base on your experience is this adviceable? or have you done this before and did it work for you?
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@caribe (2465)
• United States
19 Jun 07
Employers are not looking for dumb employees, so I would not advise playing dumb. You can show that you are intelligent without coming across as a "know it all." I think that your friend gave you some bad advice because that would keep you from getting the job.
• United States
19 Jun 07
I guess if you don't really want the job, you should play dumb. There is a fine line between being confident and being cocky and overbearing. All of the supervisors I have ever worked for wanted someone who is confident in their skills and that they can do the job but also realize there is training involved. I would never play dumb or advise someone to play dumb in a job interview.
@babostwick (2037)
• United States
18 Jun 07
I don't know if I would advice that or not but I wouldn't act like I knew everything. I've had an interview and just acted normal and not try to act too smart or too dumb. It worked out ok but that was years ago when my area was hiring but I didn't land the job. Kind of a bummer but what can you do except find something else to do work wise.
@YoungInLove (1254)
• Canada
18 Jun 07
Well I wouldnt necessarily advice playing dumb:P But I have heard of alot of employers passing over qualified employees because they are TOO qualified. I have no experience in the interviewing process, because I am a teenager and have had one interview in my life. But in my opinion i think an employeer would like someone with someone with knowledge but willing to learn oppose to someone to qualified or someone who pretends that they dont know anything