Are you watching "The Bachelor?" I haven't watched it for years until a couple of weeks ago when I stumbled upon a television scene that looked remarkably like Des Moines, Iowa and lo and behold – it was! Then I discovered this year’s “Bachelor” is from Iowa. On that particular episode, Chris Soules and his entourage were in Des Moines at the West End Salvage, among other places. The end of the show that evening was a teaser for what was yet to come the following Monday night: Will Jade reveal her dark secrets?
And yes, she did.
And yes, she did not get a rose.
And yes, "The Bachelor" walked her to the limo. Bye-bye.
The whole scenario got me to thinking about a job candidate’s “dark secrets” and what to say, what not to say in an interview. I was reminded of a line attorney/law enforcement clients have referenced through the years during practice interview sessions:
Anything you say can and will be used against you...
Who knows why Jade didn’t get a rose. Maybe it had everything to do with her past and maybe it had nothing at all to do with it -- much like employers making decisions about candidates interviewing for a job. Who knows why one candidate is in and the other is out.
When you go to a job interview, do you talk too much? Do you say too much? Do you tell all? Do you tell the truth? How do you know when enough information is enough? Do you have “dark secrets” that have kept you from getting a job? Or, have you just “put it out there” with transparency and openness and whatever happens, happens?
If you are job hunting and have “secrets” from your past, how have you dealt with them in a job interview? What tips might you offer job candidates on how to manage pieces of your past you’d rather not talk about?