So, your last job didn’t exactly pan out.
Maybe your boss or your co-workers were jerks,
or you were laid off – or even fired.
Now, you are looking forward to your next job interview.
What is your biggest hurdle?
Is it job references, or your spotty resume,
or even your former boss?
No, it’s probably your attitude and preparation.
A positive, forward-looking attitude impresses employers,
while a negative attitude can be a turn-off.
A candidate who is prepared — who has
researched the company s/he is interviewing
with and the position and knows what s/he
can bring to the job — appears professional and mature,
worthy of being considered.
An unprepared candidate gives the
appearance of being disorganised and
unprofessional and only reinforces any
impression that might be given in a bad reference.
Here are some
"Do’s and Don’ts"
to improve your attitude and preparation
before your big interview:
Worrying is only natural, but most people,
at one time or another,
had a job that didn’t work out.
Chances are that your interviewer may have
even been let go from a job.
Worrying saps your energy and leaves you powerless.
Instead, take some active steps before the interview
to practice responding to any possible objections
that you believe an employer would have to hiring you.
Counter a poor reference with many other good ones.
Prepare ahead if you think your
former boss may give you a bad reference.
Call other former employers who thought
well of you and would give you a good reference,
and obtain a letter of recommendation.
The more letters of recommendation
you are able to provide, the less significant
a bad reference will appear. Ultimately,
a decision-maker will weigh all the evidence
and may weigh references in your favour.
Prepare to answer hard questions professionally.
Hard questions are part of any interview,
but they can seem even harder when your
last job did not work out. Prepare possible hard
questions and the answers you would give
to them if asked. Have your friends or relatives
listen to your answers and give you their
opinions on how the answers sound.
There is no shame in having left a job
if you can articulate why the job didn’t
work out for you and what you learned from the experience.
Know your accomplishments and your value.
Believe that you do bring value and skills
to a prospective employer. Spend some time
thinking about what you accomplished at
your previous jobs.
What skills do you bring to the table?
Are these skills in demand?
Make a list and review it again and again.
This will improve your attitude and self-confidence
and will help you at your interview.
Don’t blame other people for your previous work problems.
Responsible employees are in demand.
Interviewers do not like candidates
who make excuses. Discuss your accomplishments
instead of the negative aspects of your previous job.
If you have to talk about why the job did
not work out, discuss what you learned from
the experience that will make
you a better employee in the future.
Keep searching and don’t get discouraged.
The reason you did not get a job may have
absolutely nothing to do with you.
If you did not get the job, do write and then
call the interviewer to find out why you were not hired.
Make it clear that you are not trying to
change their decision, only to get information
that will help you in your job search.
Learn from each interview and continue searching.
Don’t get discouraged!