You totally nailed that job interview, right? You had an answer for every question, and felt completely confident throughout the entire process. Think again. Were you negative in any way toward your former employer, former work responsibilities or about your outlook in general? One slip of the tongue could cost you landing a great job.
Employers, more so now than ever before, are looking for professional, upbeat workers who are willing to do the job they signed up for and beyond. If you feel like your last boss pushed you too much and then you decided to say something about that in your interview today, you’re toast.
Make sure that your ability to stay positive and have a great outlook on your future position, along with a great spin on your past position, remains intact.
How do you do this?
Here are a few interview Q&A’s to keep you on track:
Interviewer: What did you like least about your last job?
What would your response be? STOP RIGHT THERE – this is not an open form to complain about co-workers, responsibilities or management skills in your previous position. Instead, take something that puts you in a positive light and use that as a response.
Interviewee: What I liked least about my last position is that I wasn’t able to take on as much as I’d like to since the divisions were so separated. I’d really like a job where I can take on a great challenge and learn from it – even if it doesn’t match my exact job description.
Interviewer: What do you think the worst part of your day would be in this position?
Would you respond with a responsibility of the job? If so, your chances of landing this position have just decreased about 50%. Instead, say something that will show your work ethic.
Interviewee: I think that the worst part of my day in this position would be the end of the day. I’m the type of person who likes to finish all my work and not leave anything left for the next day that cannot be done today, so I always work really hard to make sure everything is accomplished by the end of the day. Sometimes that means staying a little longer than clock-out time, but it gets done.
Keep on thinking this way and you’re bound to have a completely knock-out interview with a sweet job offer soon!
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