Leave Regrets at the Door When Interviewing, Urge The Bagg Group Recruiters


Last week in this space we offered interview tips for the Y generation. This week, we give advice to job-hunters who have a longer history in the workplace.

History is rarely without its bumps.

It could be that you are looking for a new full-time position, contract work, or temporary placement in the GTA because you were laid off from your last job.  Or perhaps, you feel frustrated in your current position, not happy with your boss or work conditions.  Or you may simply be in the market for a new opportunity. 

In any event, how you think –and more importantly talk—about your reasons for your job-hunt can have an enormous impact on your success.

If you weren’t satisfied with your past position, you are not alone. 

A new study from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois puts career-related disappointments fourth on the list of most common regrets.    (The top three reasons people kick themselves are related to romance, family squabbles and education choices.)

But Dr. Neil Roese, a marketing professor at Northwestern U, suggests disappointment is a “helpful emotion.”    He says it can be just what we need to help us better decisions in the future.

Long before this study, The Bagg Group recruiters have been helping candidates look at their past job frustrations in a whole new light.

The Bagg Group experts prepare candidates for interviews with the best employers in the GTA by asking them this key question about their past work disappointments: “What valuable lessons did you learn from the situation?” 

We have successfully placed thousands of candidates over the decades.  One reason for our much higher than average success rate is this:  We make sure our candidates know that they can’t take anger, blame and resentment into an interview.    You can talk about lessons learned, but not about hurts suffered.

Negativity doesn’t sell. 

The best news is that putting on rose-coloured glasses, if only because it’s important for when you interview, makes you happier.

Another recent study of more than 750 people conducted by San Francisco State University shows that having a positive view of your past contributes to your happiness in the present.

This study concludes that reframing, or changing, how you think about past painful experiences can increase your life satisfaction significantly.  

The candidates who stand ahead of the rest are those who talk positively, with no resentment, about where they’ve been and where they are going.  

Their positivity is contagious, the interviewer will catch it.

And positivity sells.

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