Job seekers put up with a lot of grief. They take a tremendous amount of abuse from thoughtless recruiters and clueless corporate interviewers.
Sometimes their friends and family members make things worse by asking them “Haven’t you found a job yet?” or suggesting that they’d be back in the workforce already if they’d just stop being so choosy.
Here are eight things job-seekers are sick of hearing, with suggestions for how to respond to each brainless remark.
Interviewers will say: Do you have experience in [X]? It isn’t in the job ad, but the department manager says it’s essential.
You can say “Yes, I have experience in that” and then if you get to talk to the department manager, you can ask “How do you use [X] here in your company?”
Despite the interviewer’s comment, [X] can’t be too important if the manager forget to include it in the job ad.
Still, if you are an expert in [X] be sure to bring it up when you chat with your department manager!
Interviewers will say: We don’t count your volunteer work as professional experience.
I would understand completely if you got up and left an interview where somebody tells you that your experience isn’t really experience because you weren’t getting paid for it.
That’s foolish and insulting. You can avoid this question by keeping the word ‘volunteer’ off your Human-Voiced Resume entirely. It is nobody’s business how (or whether) you got paid in any past engagement.
If an interviewer is ill-mannered enough to ask you “Did you get paid for your work at the Frog and Toad Society?” you can smile and say “We can certainly talk about my compensation requirements if you are preparing a job offer.”
Whether we’re talking about volunteer work or paid work, your past compensation is none of an interviewer’s (or recruiter’s) business.
Your friends and family members will ask: You could have found SOME kind of job by now, couldn’t you?
You can say “I understand why you’d say that! A lot of job-seekers want to get a new job as fast as they can. I have a pretty clear idea of what I want, and I’m enjoying the path to getting there.”
Recruiters will say: I can’t answer your questions during our interview today. You can ask them later if you remain in the hiring process.
You can say “That’s fine.” If the same organization asks you to come back for a second interview, you’ll have this conversation with the recruiter or HR person who’s looking to set up that meeting.
AMY: Hi, Carson! This is Amy Smith from Underwater Sleepwear. You came in to meet me last week and now I want to set up an interview with Monica Prudhomme, our Purchasing Manager.
YOU: Hi, Amy! That sounds great. A good next step would be to have Monica call me.
AMY: Call you? She wants to meet you here in our office.
YOU: I understand! I’d hate to waste her time if her needs and my needs don’t intersect. I had some questions at our meeting last week but we were short of time. Monica and I can get through those questions in a short phone call, and then if she wants to meet in person we can certainly set that up.
You can say “Thanks so much for mentioning that! The jobs I’m focusing on have a fairly long sales cycle. That means that conversations take a while to get established, but I’m happy with the way things are going. Thanks for thinking of me, though!”
Interviewers will ask: Do you have any experience in that field? (Your experience is detailed throughout your resume!)
You can say “That’s a great question, and yes I do! Let me summarize my experience briefly…”
Recruiters wills say: We have a lot of steps in our process because we want to hire exactly the right person.
The extra, pointless steps in the typical corporate or institutional recruiting process don’t help anybody make better hires, of course. What the extra steps do is drive talented people like you away.
You can wave off this idiotic statement and pretend you never heard it. If the company didn’t have some kind ofBusiness Pain, they wouldn’t interview a soul.
They can tell themselves all the self-delusional nonsense they want about hiring the right person, but the truth is that their dithering and their delays are causing harm to their shareholders and customers with every ticking second.
Oh well! You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.
In the end, the self-congratulatory recruiter and his or her firm will get exactly the new hire they deserve.
Recruiters say: We’ll get back to you. We have a lot of candidates to interview.
The instant you leave a job interview, it’s in the past. Your focus is on the future!
Send the requisite thank-you notes, celebrate with a nice gelato and make any notes on adjustments in your interviewing style for the next time.
Then, put the interview and the opportunity out of your mind and send out another four or five Pain Letters!
Only the people who get you, deserve you, and as you’ve already learned, not everybody will resonate at your frequency.
That’s okay! Your task as a job-seeker is not to get any stupid job but to get a job that grows your flame. You deserve that — accept nothing less!
source: forbes.com by Liz Ryan