How to Talk About Your Previous Job in an Interview – A How-to Guide

Friday, July 07, 2017

You may wince when a hiring manager asks, "Tell me about your last job."           

Here are ways to put a positive spin on your response and improve your chances of receiving a call for a second interview.

Focus on yourself. If your previous work experience was negative, your reasons for leaving or looking for a new job should focus on you, not the company. Avoid coming across as a problem employee and don’t bash your former job or manager. It is OK to say that a company culture or management style wasn't an ideal fit for you, but leave it at that. Take some time to think about how leaving your previous position helped you grow professionally.

Stay positive. No matter what your reasons for leaving a previous position, avoid being bitter about it. Think about something you got out of the experience that can make you a better professional and use it to think about your previous job more positively. Focus on the future.

Talk about your accomplishments. Even if you disliked your last job intensely, you surely had accomplishments that brought good results. Keep a running list of accomplishments with results you can quantify. This will help you to focus on the work you did, not on the people. If you don't have a list of accomplishments, check your performance reviews to help refresh your memory.

By putting these tips into practice, you will have many good things to talk about when asked about your previous position.

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