Name Something As An Issue,
It Just Became One
If you bring up a
potential drawback in the job-hunting process, you automatically bring
it to the forefront and make it into a true drawback.
The lady doth protest too much,
methinks. We all know what that lady’s protestations
accomplished. She attracted attention to the problem.
Candidates seem to do their best to unwittingly bring issues to the
forefront. Age is one of the most common. The 56-year-old does
this either by talking about how the has way more maturity than a
38-year-old, or he names his age as an issue in another way – by
deliberately obscuring it. He leaves dates and early jobs off his
resume, which immediately makes anyone but the biggest dope on earth
start thinking that this guy is concerned about his age.
If you make your age an issue in any way, then your interviewer’s
conclusion will be that age IS an issue for you ... i.e., that your
self image and energy level are of an OLD person ... and people shy
away from someone older who FEELS older.
Other times, a candidate will go into great
detail to excuse their being unemployed … why they got fired … why they
job hopped ... or about health issues.
By doing so, you shift attention away from your strengths and directly
to your potential drawbacks. And the more time you spend excusing
yourself, the bigger this boulder you’re building becomes.
If the interviewer asks about anything that you’re sure is a negative,
don’t be evasive. Answer briefly and honestly. Then blink, ask if
there’s anything more she’d like to know. Most likely, she’ll move on
to her next question, which won’t be about why you left that job after
only eight months.