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Addressing Issues During Job Interview

Job interviews are already stressful enough however if you have some things in your past like bad credit history or a lawful charge against you the pressure is even higher. There are many articles on how to prep for job interviews and putting your best foot forward however one thing that doesn’t get addressed much is how to handle discussing past issues during an interview. Should you bring them up, or wait until asked? How much should you share? How can you present the issue in a matter that shows you’ve learned and grown from that experience? In today’s blog we will look at how to best manage addressing unfavorable issues that may come up in your job interview.

To address the elephant in the room
You may hope that the topic of your past doesn’t get brought up during the interview, and it might not, but sooner or later the company is likely to find out. It’s best to address the issue during the interview process, but after there is initial interest. Not all company policies are black and white and if there is a high level of interest on both sides after some initial vetting then it’s the right time for the company to probe further based on their policies and for the candidate to consider being forthcoming. Do not wait until offer stage though as would potentially come off as deceitful.

Be honest but remember this isn’t a therapy session
Speak of the issue matter-of-factly without getting emotional. Perhaps you feel the charge was unjust but don’t let your emotions get in the way when telling the hiring manager what happened. Sometimes age and maturity play a part and although things that happen in college or right after are still things you need to be accountable for many people will factor that in to their perception of the magnitude of the issue. Practice addressing it ahead of the interview so during the interview you can present the complete story in a calm, concise and rational matter.

Focus on how the experience helped you grow
While bad credit history or a lawful charge may not seem like something positive, give the reasoning behind it and think about what you’ve learned from that experience. Has it helped shaped the person you are today? Are you better at financial planning then you were before that experience and has that in turn made you more organized at work? Instead of focusing on the negatives think about how the experience helped you grow and made you a better employee.

Having bad credit history or a criminal past isn’t a deal breaker for all employers however it’s important to be honest and upfront. Think about how the experience transformed you for the better and made you more accountable for your actions.

Addressing Issues During Job Interview

How to deal with holiday stress at work

For some the holidays are the most magical time of the year, while for others they can be the most stressful. Perhaps you fall in the middle of the spectrum – you enjoy the magic of the season but the hustle and bustle make you frazzled. How can you keep your cool this time of year, get your work done, and still enjoy the holiday season? Here we take you through some suggestions you can adopt throughout your day.

Before work
Do you have a prayer or meditative practice? If not, it might be a good idea to adopt a practice to help you stay grounded and calm through the season ahead. Something as simple as a morning gratitude practice where you list 3 things you are grateful for can set a positive tone for the day.

It’s also important to prioritize exercise for your mental wellbeing. If you have time, knock it out first thing in the morning before work. Evenings around the holidays can often be filled with parties and holiday shopping, so doing your workout first thing in the morning will ensure you get the endorphins you need to power you through your day.

When you get to the office
It’s easy to get distracted this time of year, especially with thoughts on holiday shopping and festivities, but in the long run if you don’t stay on top of your work and it piles up, you’re going to be much more stressed with the extra work hanging over your head. Make a to-do list to help you stay on track listing off the most important priorities at the top of the list. Employers can help incentivize workers this time of year by having holiday themed contests and competitions.

Another habit to adopt at work is to drink more water - don’t overlook the simplicity of this habit and its effects on your health. At work bring a large reusable bottle and sip water throughout the day. It may be tempting to rely on a steady stream of coffee but it can be dehydrating so if you are going to have coffee be sure to balance it with lots of water so you can feel your best. Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day (and more if you’re also drinking coffee).

After work
Instead of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays try being mindful during your evenings. You don’t want the season to pass you by in a blur so enjoy the sweet moments with friends and family.

People also have a tendency to stay up later than usual during the holiday season. Whatever the reason, whether it’s due to trying to get everything done or simply being at a party out later than normal, do try your best to prioritize sleep. You’ll be more likely to get through your to-do list if you’re not groggy the next morning so going to sleep at a reasonable time will help you accomplish more in the long run.

We hope these tips help you get through the holidays with a calm and clear prospective!

How to deal with holiday stress at work

New Year, New Job?

January 1st marks for many a fresh start. We create our New Year’s resolutions to eat better, workout more, and for some improve or change jobs. Regardless if you are thinking of finding a new role, or even switching career fields, it’s a good time to reflect and think about what goals you have with your career in the upcoming year.

Reflect
The first thing is to think about the pros and cons of your job. Are there day-to-day things about your job you don’t like but overall enjoy the career field you are in? Perhaps it’s as simple as delegating so you can spend more time on the aspects of your job you enjoy and thrive at and less time on other tasks. If it’s the work environment, your boss, or the majority of your role you don’t like, perhaps it’s time to look for a different position. Think about what it is you love doing in your role and expand upon that and contemplate what other jobs may better suit your interests.

See What’s Out There
After reflecting, if you feel like a new job or career is what you need, start to see what is out there. A great resource is to speak to a recruiter such as those at SNI Companies. You can set a meeting, tell them about your skills and interests and see what they recommend. They are in the business of helping people find jobs they love and can offer you guidance.

Volunteer or Job Shadow
If you are thinking you want to switch career fields entirely, it’s great to get a feel of what your new career would be like. Perhaps you can do some volunteer work in the field you are thinking of switching to or do a job shadow. If you have any friends or family that works in the career field you are interested in ask them if you can come to work with them for 1-2 days just to see what the environment and day-to-day tasks are like. You’ll get a better idea if this is really a field you’d like to work in seeing it first hand.

Talk to Friends and Family
If you’re feeling a little lost and unsure of what you want your next career move to be, talk it out with those close to you. Bouncing ideas off someone and asking for their feedback and guidance can help you organize your thoughts and see the path forward a little more clearly.

We hope these suggestions are helpful for you and the career changes you’d like to make in the upcoming year.

New Year, New Job?