Keep It Focused on the Future
It can be tricky to address a difficult past in a job interview. If there is a complicated issue in your past, which might include anything from dropping out of school, to being fired from another job, to a felony conviction, you need to be prepared to deal with it in a job interview.
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If difficult topics from your past arise in a job interview, admit them, and quickly turn the conversation back to your strengths by explaining what you’ve learned from your past and how that will help you in the job at hand.
You should not go into a lot of details about what happened and why. If the interviewer asks multiple questions about these topics, keep trying to gently guide the conversation back to your strengths and your future. Watch the video to learn how to handle this tricky part of the conversation.