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How to Answer 5 #Interview Questions You'll Be Asked If You're Unemployed - AOL Jobs

How to Answer 5 #Interview Questions You'll Be Asked If You're Unemployed - AOL Jobs | Job Search Basics | Scoop.it
How to Answer 5 Interview Questions You'll Be Asked If You're Unemployed
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Waiting for an interview Getty Images Job seekers who are currently employed carry a little extra leverage when they sit down at the negotiating table.

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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, February 19, 2014 8:50 AM

No doubt about it,  if you have been out of work for a period of time you will come face-to-face with some interviewers who are skeptical. 

 

So how do you combat those skeptics?  Being prepared will help you to answer the questions around why you left your last job, and what you have been doing since your last position in a confident and professional manner.  I even suggest to get ready for the unintentional skeptical gestures that you might experience from an interviewer. 

 

"Why did you leave your last job" question:

Potential interviewer concerns may be -- Is there a performance reason why this candidate was selected for the re-organization?

 

My advice:  Ensure that the interviewer understands that it was not an isolated situation.  For example, "Mrs. Jones, I was part of the ____ division for ABC Corporation and the entire division in the call center was outsourced, or I was part of the Florida satellite office for ABC Corporation and over 50% of the ___ employees were impacted." 

 

In regards to how many jobs you have applied for or what you have been doing since you have been unemployed.

 

My suggestion:  As the article says, volunteering for projects is wonderful.  Also, you could take classes to fill in the skills gap and to set yourself apart from other candidates. 

 

You could take local classes, self teach yourself on lynda.com, and even take some free certificate courses on Edx.  The classes are free and you could build your knowledge and strategically place on your resume courses from MIT, Caltech and more.

 

So when an interviewer asks what you have been doing with your time you can respond with I have taken the time to take courses on business with MIT, etc.

 

I know that it is not easy, and the intent of this community and my blog is to equip you with information, skills, and tools to land you the job. 

 

Please let me know if you have any questions, and what I can do to help.

 

PS - Live on Purpose!

 

Richard Thomas's curator insight, February 26, 2014 3:49 PM

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Target To Drop Criminal Background Questions In Job Applications

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Target plans to stop asking prospective employees about their criminal records in initial job applications at all of its U.S. stores, a company spokesperson confirmed to The Huffington Post on Tuesday.

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good news because so many people can't get work because of past crime, that they've paid for.

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Tattoos and Your Career (Free Money Finance)

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It's been awhile since we discussed tattoos in the workplace. But I ran into this MSNBC piece that highlights the issue again and I thought it was worth another comment. Let's start with a summary of the situation.
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Five New Skills Job Seekers Need - Monster.com

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RT @ShegzCorp Five new skills all job-seekers need to get a hiring manager's attention - http://t.co/esr1KqzU #BeKnown #networking...
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Job applications: social media profiles under scrutiny - The Guardian (blog)

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The Guardian (blog) Job applications: social media profiles under scrutiny The Guardian (blog) While it goes beyond simple online research into a candidate's background, it does look into how far employers should actually go in using social media...

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Online Job Board Dos and Don’ts : MomsToWork.com

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Since this past summer, MomsToWork has been offering a niche job board for our readers and the larger Internet population. We’ve focused primarily on non-traditional jobs – such as jobs that are part time, flexible or telecommute. The response we’ve seen has been overwhelming. Here’s what we’ve learned during this time.

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9 Job Search Tools Every Job Hunter Must Use | JobMob

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Call it the 21st Century Job Hunter's Toolbox.
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Job Seekers: Q&A With Brian Batcheler, Recruiter For Fleishman-Hillard | Starting a Career in Social Media

A question and answer session with Brian Batchelder, addressing some questions that give you the recruiter's perspective - the person sitting across the desk from you when you are wondering what is this person thinking?
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