The Toughest Job Interview Questions – Question 3

“Would You Rejoin Your Former Company?”

Before you read on, remember that these questions are not provided for you to merely skim over. The planning and preparation of answers is essential to maximizing your interviewing prowess. The only way to succeed is to match your background to a positive, upbeat, convincing answer for each of these questions. Start with your resume, know every word on it. Another key part of your preparation is company research. You should know as much about the company as you possibly can before you arrive for the interview.

Most people would say yes, but this question has a hidden agenda. The interviewer wants to be sure that you’ll stay on if you’re hired, so your response should be something like, “I really enjoyed the opportunity to work there – it’s a fine company, and they treated me very well, but it’s time to move my career along to the next level. That’s why I’m so interested in your firm. I’m considering opportunities at a number of excellent companies, but yours is at the top of my list.”

Always be alert to the question behind the question. If you responded the way that most would, with the yes response, you could have closed the door of opportunity with this company before you even got all the way through the interview. In contrast, when you prepare in advance with thought and preparation, you have a polished response that presents you as a professional and prospective team member they want to offer the best position to.

Never enter into an interview for a new position with a desperate attitude. You are a person of value and integrity that has much to offer. You come to the table with an understanding of your quality, experience, potential and character. When you communicate that, you raise your value in the view of the company.


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