I’m terrible at job interviews — what can I do?

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I’m terrible at job interviews — what can I do?


I’m terrible when it comes to job interviews. I never know how to answer questions, I ramble and lose my train of thought, and when asked if I have questions, I don’t. Help!

At least you’re self-aware because it sounds like “interviewing” isn’t your superpower. But take heart my nervous friend, you’re in good company considering most people don’t interview well. However, this fact will not help you find a job. Getting good enough at interviews only takes a little preparation. Don’t just recite what’s on your resume. The interviewer wants to get a better idea of ​​you through the story you tell about yourself, including what you did and why, how you think, and what kind of colleague you would be. Each interview question boils down to one of four topics: What do you know about the industry; what do you know about the company; what do you think the role entails; and what can you say about yourself. Practice answering short segments of no more than 2 minutes. Once you feel more prepared, you can focus and be more efficient.

I was offered a job, which I accepted and resigned from my current position. Now my new employer has rescinded the job offer saying they have a hiring freeze. My current employer won’t let me stay. What are my rights?

You have a right to be upset, but get over it quickly because you have a job to protect yourself. Job offers are usually contingent on passing background checks and references, and there are laws that govern your rights in these situations. Unfortunately in your case the employer may say they can no longer afford to hire you. That doesn’t mean they aren’t on the hook for damages if you can prove them, which in your case is loss of work and income. Explain that you’ve already resigned and can’t stay at your current job and will suffer significant hardship by being out of a job and see what they say. If they do not offer to remedy the situation by reconsidering or offering you compensation, then you should speak to a lawyer.

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a Chief Human Resources Executive. Listen to Greg on Wednesdays at 9:35am on iHeartRadio 710 WOR. Email: [email protected]. Follow: GoToGreg.com and on Twitter: @GregGiangrande


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