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06/22/07
Interviewing: Background Skeletons
Filed under: Interviewing, Networking, Mentoring
Posted by: BlogMaster @ 8:14 pm

Joe Turner wrote a neat article that opens the
discussion about dealing with skeletons in
a candidate’s background in “Addressing
‘Skeletons’ in the Interview”  in Yahoo Hot
Jobs.  The issues could be

-  being out of work for a longer time

-  left last position in an unfavorable manner
   (fired, often this will not be formally mentioned)

-  worker’s compensation claim filed

-  long term illness, recently recovered

-  criminal record in a person’s past

Mr. Turner poses the strategy to readily raise the
issue early in the interview discussion, telephone
or in person, in the best possible light.  Let the interviewer
decide its importance.  If the interviewer appeciates
the forthrightness, she will indicate it and continue
with the interview.  On the other hand, if it is a 
show-stopper, both parties times will not be wasted
and the interview will end.

Please consider two other concepts in offering
the possible distressing item.  One is working with
a mentor develop a
“what did you leard from this experience” story
that can be used in response to a particular question
type.  Work with a mentor to understand how this might
be done.

The second is to not mention the personal challenge 
yourself, but ask a reference to bring it up in a positive
light.  This is something one can do by working with
your references so they know and understand you and
your situation and how it fits into your life’s goals and
career plans.

 

  

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