(Closed) How much detail do I go into?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 4
9614 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Anything that can be discovered about you – be honest about.  Be brief and concise, no need to go into too much detail with any answer.  Answer the questions truthfully and resist the urge to keep talking once you’ve stated the facts.  Don’t get nervous – or, if you are nervous, don’t – under any circumstances – let it show.  Be relaxed, confident, smile, remember eye contact and speak clearly.  When you’re done answering – Stop. Talking.  Good luck!

Post # 5
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Be honest.  Being employed is more desirable as long as your honest about your reasons for leaving and its not that you hate your job and don’t get along with your boss. 

Post # 6
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

If you’re in the UK, then criminal record checks are non-transferrable. You have to have a new one for every new organisation you work for anyway, as technically the seconf it is printed, it is out of date (as you could have committed a crime any day after it is printed!)

But on the employment side, I would definitely be honest. If they ask you, tell the truth. They won’t mind you being ambitious, so long as they know you will be dedicated to the job they are offering you.

Post # 7
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@smealeys:  I say go ahead and tell them you have your check.  I don’t think it makes you look flighty as much as knowing what you want and being smart.  Yes leaving a job that you haven’t quite started yet is a little shady, but the company you’re going to shouldn’t care if you already worked there and they know your work ethic, etc.

Post # 8
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

If I were the interviewer, I would think the TA position looks better as you are fighting to elevate yourself in life and you are succeeding at it.  They might wonder why you are looking for a position with them when you just started a new endeavor, but you have to remember that these are people and that they will understand something like the position of your dreams coming up and wanting to go after it.  Most business oriented people look highly upon those that are on their toes, willing and ready to do what they have to to climb the ladder.


The hard part is done, in my opinion; you have the interview, so just go in there and nail it.  You may even earn a bonus point or two for having a criminal check prepared.  They’ll probably ask you about the TA position/timing if they care enough/notice, to which you just need to tell them your plan for the matter and how excited you were when you found the position with them accepting applications.  You might emphasize that you like to keep an eye on their particular company/business because of XYZ, and it was just a weird coincidence that you’d just taken a position elsewhere when a spot became available.  Something along those lines should clear it up; just have a plan for how you’ll explain what will come of your situation if you were to be offered the position in a confident, short sentence or two that makes them forget that it may ever have been questionable. However, if they don’t ask about it or don’t question you about the timing of it all, don’t bring it up outside of saying that you were offered a vary desirable position that you would gladly give up to come to work for them–don’t over-explain yourself, it’ll make you look nervous about it and have them start questioning it when they weren’t before. Keep your cards to yourself and play them to your benefit.  Make them see you as a prize in a modest, yet confident way.

Post # 10
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@smealeys:  No worries, we’ve all been there.  It’s a delicate thing to negotiate your way into a position, but it feels great once it’s secured.  Just remember that they’re people, and approach them as such.  Have fun and good luck!


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