The Job Interview – How to Handle Your Shortcomings in an Interview

Job interviews are the end of the line. If you have made it to the interview stage, it’s your job to lose. Most, if not all the time, getting to the time, getting to the interview stage means you’ve got the qualifications and skills to do the work. The query now is how well you’re able to communicate and how well you fit in the culture of the organization.

The biggest problem people run into with interviews is just shortage of preparation. So, my best recommendation to you is prepare, prepare, and then prepare some more.

The part of the interview I am going to concentrate on today is handling inabilities.

Expect to be asked about whatever lacks that may be pulled from your resume and be well prepared to answer to any of them. Or, taping yourself answering the questions is a great tool too. For example, “I see that you’ve had 4 jobs with different companies in the past 6 years – please tell me more about that and why we should be confident that this is the spot for you.”

In this instance, make sure you give a succinct answer that does not include anything about “trying to work out what you wanted”. This is a fun time to chuck in some unique information you know about their company and how all the research you have done has convinced you that this is the place you would like to contribute and grow your career.

Be direct and forthcoming about your lacks but turn them into positives and show how they’ll be an asset to the company you labor for next…theirs. Do not get too boring or sound defensive.

Bottom line in an interview is to always target what you have to make a contribution to them – when somebody brings up a lack, recognize and then redirect it back to how it will permit you to contribute certainly to them.
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