I interviewed a candidate for a position who made me want to call her up and share why we didn’t hire her and how she was perceived by the interview team. (I was really worrried about her ability to get another job after that fiasco!) I am pretty sure she didn’t realize how negative her answers were to our questions. No team wants to hire someone that “red flags” as a negative person.
In honor or this particular interview and to help others avoid her mistakes, here is the tip of the week:
DO NOT start the interview by stating why you don’t want to work at your current job anymore. DO state what you like about your current, or previous, job and why you think the new position sounds exciting and would further your career goals.
If you are feeling negative about your current or most recent employment, take extra care to mentally prepare for your upcoming interview. Get out a piece of paper and create 3 columns – answering the following questions.
What skills did I learn in my current or most recent position?
What new skills do I want to learn?
How can this new position help me achieve my career goals?
This type of preparation will help you develop appreciation and gratitude for the experience and skills you developed, no matter how horrible the job was. AND, it will assist you in answering questions in a positive fashion. Take my word for it, prospective employers are looking for employees who have the “street sense” to reflect a positive approach during an interview.