Saturday, April 3, 2010

A Fine Whine: Best of reCareered

Just quit yer Whinin’!

Yet another in a long line of things that amaze me….The Fine Interview Whine.

Think back….have you ever caught yourself whining in an interview? Complaining about your old company or boss? How well did that interview go? Did you ever get a job by whining?

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Face the facts, hiring managers consider whiners as emotional cancer within their departments. Not every decision made at your new company is going to go your way. Most hiring managers want team players that will support them politically and support their decisions.

We all know better, but yet job seekers still obliterate their chances by whining in an interview. Savvy managers bait job seekers to whine, by asking what they liked and didn’t like about an old job, how they got along with their boss, or why they left a past job. These managers just want to see if the job seeker will disqualify themselves by whining.

Some candidates may refrain from whining in an interview, but whine to a recruiter, believing them to be more of a “friend”. No matter how friendly he/she may be to you, a recruiter represents the hiring manager's interests - not yours. A recruiter is interviewing the job seeker just like a hiring manager, because the recruiters’ impressions of your soft skills will determine if they present you to hiring managers to interview. If you whine to a recruiter, they can be concerned that you may whine to the hiring manager.

So how do you express yourself in an interview without whining?

First, you’ve got to know when you’re whining. Practice your interview with a friend, or better yet, video yourself. Have your friend ask you the bait questions you’ll get from interviewers (Why did you leave? How did you like your last company? Last boss?). Watch the video and have someone else watch it too.

So you’re a whiner….how do you stop?

A strong strategy is to develop and practice strong, positive answers to the bait questions interviewers ask most.
  • Why did you leave your last company? - “The company changed its strategy, and I don’t see it fitting my long term goals” instead of “No one at my last company had a clue“.
  • Why were you laid off? - "Despite strong progress, the project I was working on lost funding, so most of the team was let go. The company stopped funding nearly projects still at an early stage" instead of "The company cut the highest-salaried employees at my level."
  • How did you like your last boss? - “My boss’s tactics aren’t consistent with my family values”, instead of “My slave driver boss kept me at work until 9:00 each night”.
  • Describe your last boss? - Answer this question by describing your past boss as either 1) The style of boss you want; or 2) How the hiring manager perceives him/her self. For example, “My last boss provided strong mentorship opportunities to team members who performed”, instead of “My boss didn’t appreciate my efforts.”
  • How did you like your last company? - "I enjoyed the opportunities they offered: Work experience, educational, and leadership. I'm confident what I learned there will make me a valuable part of your team because .... " instead of "The company made huge mistakes, causing their current problems: if they had listened to me ... "

Wow! You just went from sniveling whiner to strategic genius in 10 seconds!

Readers, please share your suggestions of strategic interview answers you can give ... instead of whining.

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