You believe you nailed the interview; your answers were just as you rehearsed: honest and concise. You went home feeling pretty good about this one. But something goes wrong. You don’t get a call back. There is no offer.
Though, I recommend being honest and to the point; certain answers are not only turn offs and may also display negaive attitude. lets see some of the answers I have heard, and also learn to reframe those.
“I am eager to start this assignment; how do I stack up to other candidates you’ve interviewed?”
“I’m tired of working where my boss is a jerk.”
“I’m focusing on opportunities where I can build a mutually beneficial mentor-based relationship.”
“The Boomer boss didn’t get me, I’m looking to work where my skills will be appreciated.”
“I enjoy cross-generational work teams; how does <company> encourage diversity and collaboration?”
“I’m really just looking for a way to pay the bills until I find my passion.”
“There are many aspects of this position that match my passions and career goals.”
“All my friends have good jobs, it’s time for me to get going.”
“This opportunity is well aligned with my current career goals. I’m anxious to get started!”
“They weren’t organized at all and I wasn’t getting paid enough; I just put in my time and went home.”
“I love the rush of the last-minute, ‘all-hands-on-deck’ projects… I also look for an opportunity to help build a culture where we’re organized and prepared for the unexpected.”
“I didn’t get along with any of the people there… just a bad fit.”
“I’ve learned from experience the importance of the right company culture. Can you describe the culture here?”
“I just wanted to do my job… they wanted me to learn things like Social Media.”
“My solo entrepreneurship project didn’t work out, so I need to get back into the real world.”
“I had the opportunity to work on some freelance projects and learned a great deal that will help me excel in this position. Let me give you some examples…”
“They wanted to be surrounded by “Yes Men”… that isn’t me, ya’ know?”
“I welcome an environment where open dialogue is encouraged and the end result is a better product, and even more loyal customers. How does <company> approach direct input from team members?”
Do you disagree with any of these or have more to add! Put your views in comments section. What are some of the worst answers you’ve ever heard and what would you suggest as a much better answer?