Have you said too much? UGH! Being honest is great, being too honest, well, might cost you a great opportunity. Remember, employers are on a need to know basis, only tell them what they need to know. They aren’t going to tell you that the bathroom smells like a rotting barn after lunch, or that people steal your food out of the kitchen. And you’re not going to ask (I hope?) They aren’t going to tell you that your cube-mate doesn’t shower regularly, and that your boss picks her nose (well, unless it happens during the interview), so keep in mind, you don’t have to give them every dirty detail about yourself either. Let them figure it out AFTER you get the job. Some may say this sounds like bait and switch. But well, a job is like marriage (in some ways), it’s a commitment, so you want to EASE them into accepting your personality (after you’ve signed on the dotted line.)
Keep it basic…
Do you have the skills? (yes)
Do you have experience? (yes)
Do you know how to follow instructions? (yes)
Do you know how to ask questions? (yes)
Do you get along with people? (yes)
Why did you leave your last job?(… trick question, obviously something wasn’t working out… but you can’t be negative about it - unless you have a valid, legal, documented reason, like say ,fraud, then well, make sure you’re really clear that they were doing something you didn’t think you should be doing)
(Stay Positive, got it?)
Oh, and tip number 2, be more creative when they ask you about your weaknesses… don’t say the obvious stuff (working too hard – being a perfectionist) people find it annoying, and they think you’re lying, which if you’re honest, you probably are. Now, the truth might be: “I’m so lazy, I won’t even tie my own shoes”, or “I make a ton of mistakes in my code” But you don’t want to turn them completely off, so steer clear of making yourself sound like a nincompoop, and say something like this instead:
1. “I get so involved in the work I’m doing, I tend to tune other people out. So, I like to (sing/tell jokes/invite a co-worker to coffee) sometimes. Since we’re on the subject, what would you say is the best teambuilding activity you’ve done?” – be genuine, not condescending
2. “I don’t have a photographic memory, so I like to carry a notepad to make sure I don’t miss anything. In fact, my note-taking has gotten so good, I once helped my previous company save over $10,000 in revenues because of my note-taking”
3. “Spelling isn’t my forte, so I’m always using spell-check and/or a dictionary before I send anything out in writing. I keep a running list of spelling errors, and over the years, it’s gone down 40%. I always like to refine my skills.
Always make sure you discuss your “weaknesses” as “works in progress” and areas that you’re trying to improve or have improved. Whatever you do, try to take control and turn it into a discussion, not an interrogation.