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Addressing Issues During Job Interview

Addressing Issues During Job Interview

Author: Moe Harrison /Tuesday, December 03, 2019/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Job interviews are already stressful enough however if you have some things in your past like bad credit history or a lawful charge against you the pressure is even higher. There are many articles on how to prep for job interviews and putting your best foot forward however one thing that doesn’t get addressed much is how to handle discussing past issues during an interview. Should you bring them up, or wait until asked? How much should you share? How can you present the issue in a matter that shows you’ve learned and grown from that experience? In today’s blog we will look at how to best manage addressing unfavorable issues that may come up in your job interview.

To address the elephant in the room
You may hope that the topic of your past doesn’t get brought up during the interview, and it might not, but sooner or later the company is likely to find out. It’s best to address the issue during the interview process, but after there is initial interest. Not all company policies are black and white and if there is a high level of interest on both sides after some initial vetting then it’s the right time for the company to probe further based on their policies and for the candidate to consider being forthcoming. Do not wait until offer stage though as would potentially come off as deceitful.

Be honest but remember this isn’t a therapy session
Speak of the issue matter-of-factly without getting emotional. Perhaps you feel the charge was unjust but don’t let your emotions get in the way when telling the hiring manager what happened. Sometimes age and maturity play a part and although things that happen in college or right after are still things you need to be accountable for many people will factor that in to their perception of the magnitude of the issue. Practice addressing it ahead of the interview so during the interview you can present the complete story in a calm, concise and rational matter.

Focus on how the experience helped you grow
While bad credit history or a lawful charge may not seem like something positive, give the reasoning behind it and think about what you’ve learned from that experience. Has it helped shaped the person you are today? Are you better at financial planning then you were before that experience and has that in turn made you more organized at work? Instead of focusing on the negatives think about how the experience helped you grow and made you a better employee.

Having bad credit history or a criminal past isn’t a deal breaker for all employers however it’s important to be honest and upfront. Think about how the experience transformed you for the better and made you more accountable for your actions.

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Moe Harrison

Moe Harrison

Moe Harrison is a Regional Vice President with SNI. With more than 15 years’ experience in recruiting and personnel management, Moe has a unique perspective on the top issues and concerns of employers and candidates in the accounting and finance fields.

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