Dealing with tough questions and objections is an essential part of job interviews. Here are four common ones that derail many candidates. Read on to find out what they are and how you can deal with them.
Objection #1: Youíve been fired from your last job
First of all, donít blow issue out of proportion, either to yourself or to interviewer. Remember, this is fairly common these days. Employers know it too.
There are at least three ways you can handle this issue. If you left your previous employer on reasonably cordial terms, consider asking them to allow you to say you resigned from job. Many employers will agree to this.
Another option is to state facts in a concise, drama-free manner. Tactfully discuss what happened and acknowledge your role in it. You could mention a difference of opinion or personal style as a root cause. Often, candidates who take this approach find that whole thing was no big deal to new employer.
A third way out is to avoid mentioning job from which you were fired. This may work if you held it for less than five or six months. I personally donít advocate lying in your resume -- it is unethical and can backfire badly -- but you should be aware that this is an option some candidates use effectively.
Objection #2: You have bad references
Donít assume that your previous employer will say only good things about you when someone calls up for a reference check. If you suspect that your boss may give bad feedback, find someone else to act as your reference. Possibilities include your bossís boss or someone else whoís senior enough and has observed your work.
You could also use a client as a reference, particularly if youíre in sales or other jobs involving extensive customer interactions. Other possibilities include bankers or lawyers you deal with. While these are alternatives, interviewer might wonder why you didnít mention someone within company as a reference.
Another option is to briefly explain that you didnít always see eye to eye with your boss and so you would ask that someone else be approached for a reference check. Many employers appreciate this approach and are willing to go along with it.
Objection #3: You left your job to start a business -- and your venture failed