Here is a slippery question that some companies ask. There are very few good ways to do it; here, I offer several.
I worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years filling more than 1200 positions plus consulting assignment for my career. One thing I know is that people do damage to the candidacy when they are not prepared for interview questions.
On this podcast, I am spending all 2017 helping people prepare for how to answer tough interview questions. This is 1 of those questions are requested is kind of seductive. "Tell me something negative you've heard about our company," is the question.
If this firm is in the press, you can't say, "I haven't heard anything about your firm." You seem like a jerk. Sometimes the firm is looking for reconnaissance like, "What's the scuttlebutt about us?" When push comes to shove, there is no way of winning that one.
There are a few suggested ways.
1. If they are in the media for something negative, you can respond by saying, "I have read some press accounts… Who want to read these press accounts? They're all over the media these days. It's obvious that the firm has some struggles but that opens up some opportunities for someone like me to step up and make a difference." That's for someone in a leadership role. 1st, after all, you can do something similar. You can conclude by saying, "But it offers a challenge for me joy is the staff individual.. It offers a challenge to contribute and be a strong performer and change some of the public perception of the organization."
2. If there is nothing you are able to research about the firm online, you can say, "I have is anything current about your organization. It's not like them out there trying to say,' Okay, tell me everything bad you've heard about the firm.' I asked some friends who have some opinions about your firm, did a quick Google search. Everything seems to be in order. Nothing here to scare me or anyone else." Just let it go at that.
Going to any sort of detail, even if you have heard something from a friend or from a former employee, is a bad signal. They don't really want to hear it. All it does is make them concerned as to whether you accept an offer if they made it to you.
Skirt answering the question and do it in a very casual way. Avoid going into any sort of detail. You will do fine answering.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.
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