Why you should know yourself better before going to job interviews:
To narrow down your options. Of course, there are different variables involved when it comes to applying for a job. However, try not to focus your attention on the pay grade, prospects and location. Doing this might cause you to accept a job you were never really a fit for.
Conduct self-assessments of what kind of environment you’d want to work in. Are you more comfortable with a structured environment with hands-on guidance, or a flexible one where your initiative is greatly needed?
How do you handle your colleagues at work? Do you prefer having a supportive team of co-workers or do you prefer working independently?
To know yourself even more. Sure, you pretty much know your strengths and weaknesses(you mention them all the time during interviews). However, try to gain a realistic, insightful understanding of the true pattern of your skill set, including your flaws. Once you’re familiar with your weaknesses, it’ll be easier for you to channel them in a positive way.
To save time and avoid applying for unsuitable jobs. Since you have learned from your past mistakes, you’ll be more confident applying for jobs that will be a perfect fit.
If some of your previous applications didn’t work out, you may need to assess yourself further and better understand organizational cultures. Doing this helps you bring more tools you’ll need when making changes.
To avoid surprises. Since employers want to find employees that are a perfect match, psychiatric tests are a perfect way to screen out applicants. If you don’t know yourself that well, you’ll probably end up with a low score.
To avoid this, you can take self-assessment tests beforehand so you’ll be well-informed and prepared.
To become a better candidate. Being able to learn more about yourself helps develop your communication skills. Since communication is an important factor when job searching, you’ll be more likely to qualify for more jobs than before.
Having a firm handle on your skills, personality and interests makes you stand out among the other candidates. Continue evaluating yourself before applying for jobs in order to avoid taking the wrong career path.