Let go of negatives

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One of the most common errors made by candidates is making disparaging remarks about their supervisor or company.

Joe had a great resume and called about a new management opening with one of my favorite clients. During our phone screen, I asked him about his background. For the next 20 minutes Joe railed about his supervisor and his current company: “My boss is toxic. He has no idea how to supervise. The executive team has no idea how to run a business. I just can’t stand working there. They don’t know how lucky they are to have me.”

He went on and on. It was a real challenge to get him back on topic to discuss his skills and background, but unfortunately, I was so affected by his negativity that nothing he said impressed me enough to send him on to interview with my client. And for all I know, Joe Negative may still be looking for his next job.

Joe, like many great candidates, miss a wonderful job opportunity because of anger and frustration with a current employment situation.

For you to be successful in your job search, you must take the time to “get ready” to interview. Getting ready means taking some quality, reflective time to decompress from your current or past job stresses and let go of your negative feelings to put things into perspective so you can present your work experience professionally and positively, without going into a negative tirade.

All of your interviewers have probably worked with a difficult boss or company at one time or another, and the less said here the best. Most savvy interviewers can read between the lines anyway, and will respect you for being more professional and not saying anything derogatory about your current or past employers.


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