Ep 621 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains a simple and effective way to answer the question, “So why have you been out of work so long.”
Today, I'm going to talk with you about another one of those tough interview questions.
"So, why have you been out of work so long?"
These days, that can be a pretty common situation. If you act in a defensive way by attacking the interviewer, "What you mean. I been out of work so long," or words that interviewer could translate to that effect, you've lost. You can forget about the job.
The way to answer the question is really very subtle. You start by saying, "Well, I've always found that if I rush into things without consideration, I make mistakes. Thus, I consciously made a choice after I was laid off to take some time to really think about what I wanted to do. After all, the economy is been complicated for quite some time now. Firms in my industry have gone through difficult times and I didn't just want to rush into something and find out that I made a mistake. So I took a little bit of time because I have always found ythat when I take the time To evaluate my options and make a conscious choice, things turn out well. That took a little bit of time. I've decided at this point what I really want to do, I'm back in the market and the material in the job with your firm…" You can schmooze the interviewer at this point.
The idea is to basically say, "I took some time at the point I was laid off to consider what my options were because I didn't just want to rush back into something for the sake of having a job. My finances were in good order. I decide the smartest thing to do was to sit back and evaluate for a while before rushing back in."
That will diffuse any concern that interviewer has about whether you are "damaged goods." Or "what's wrong with this person?" If the role, you know, employers think that way when they think you been out of work tomorrow, regardless of the economy.
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