Now won’t be a bad time to strive for a higher role, a greater responsibility. But if you think your experience makes your job-hunt a cakewalk, you are slightly off the mark. The hiring managers out there know enough tricks to baffle the well-prepared-you and lay bare the weaknesses you swore to conceal till the apocalypse. So here are a few traps, framed as questions, to set you up.
Question: Why is there a time gap in your employment history?
Trap: Are you the one who is used to taking long breaks between jobs?
As opposed to the common perception, a gap on your resume won’t make recruiters repel you. It’s alright to take a break to take care of some sick and old in the family, to fulfil some personal commitments, to overcome a setback. Having said that, do not lie to save your arse!
Question: Why do you want to leave your current company?
Trap: Are you going to leave us too – coz we might be running things pretty much the same way
Rule number 1: Do not bitch about your current employer
Rule number 2: Do not bitch about your current employer
Rule Number n: Do not bitch about your current employer
Your safest bet – “It has been great, but my current role doesn’t anymore have enough challenges or opportunities that I want to take up moving forward”. This is the most clichéd of alibis you can come up with, and that’s why it works.
Question: Why should we hire you?
Trap: Do you even know the specific role you are contesting for, or you just saw a vacancy and showed up!
Be sure you have done your homework before you, well, show up! Know what the company is all about – Its clients, its area of expertise, but most importantly, its expectations from the individual claiming the position.
Question: What would someone, who doesn’t particularly like you, say about you?
Trap: Come on, speak up you goat! Chart down your weaknesses for me. Let me lash you with a whip!
This is the trickiest of all, and also the one where you can nail it. You would need to mold your not-so- impressive traits into your strengths. For example, if someone finds you too dominant, or too paranoid when it comes to panicking over the little loopholes here and there in a project, you can anytime come across as someone who has an eye for detail, and a go-for-broke ambition.
Question: What is your ideal job?
Trap: Is it even close to what we are offering you?
Who doesn’t have career aspirations? And, it’s okay to be honest about them. But don’t get all too dreamy. Do not get your sermon on about how you always wanted to be a playback singer, when as a matter of fact, you are sitting there for a Content Writer position. Trust the interviewee to feel jittery about the intuition of you running off midway your job, only to give wings to your vocal cords.
It is a precarious little world, and that’s a precarious little chair you are seated on the judgement day. Do not get caught up in the excitement, for the job is not yours. Not Yet.