Thursday, October 18, 2012
There is nothing to gain by discussing your personal issues when you're interviewing. Do you think anyone cares? They don't.
Interviewers want to know what you can do for their company. That's it. They don't care about your personal issues when you're interviewing. Is this cold and mean? No, the reason why you're there is to show and explain why you are the best candidate for the position, so that should be your focus in the interview, regardless of what is happening in your life.
When the interviewer asks you, "How are you doing today?" that's not an opening to start telling them everything that has been going wrong in your life. The problems with the economy, your spouse, kids, parents, car problems, subway issues, bus stories, health issues, or anything else you might be dealing with right now. There is absolutely nothing to gain.
Keep your personal issues private. Not just personal to your family and health, but also with any job search problems and business issues. Maybe you're currently interviewing with other firms? Does the interviewer need to know this? No! What could you gain by discussing other interviews you have had or possibly will have in the future? Nothing.
Do not discuss any interviews you have had in your current interview. Do you know why? It puts doubt in the interviewers mind. They might think, "I wonder why the other companies didn't hire this person?" or maybe something else even worse.
Now, the fact of the matter is, you might have passed on the other companies you have interviewed with but do you think the person you're currently interviewing with will think this? It's possible, but you shouldn't take that chance.
Whether you're going through personal or business issues right now - keep it private! Nobody cares and there is nothing to gain by bringing up these issues. When you're interviewing your goal should be to explain what you can do for the company and why you're the best candidate for the position. There is absolutely nothing to gain by discussing personal issues, so don't do it! I hope this helps.
Good luck to you!