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March 23, 2010
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Slient Jaguar
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Hello everyone:

I need some advices. I recently went through a short period of depression. I quitted my job about two months ago. I was burnt out on the end of my job two months ago.

I actually feel better now. I have working around my projects and keep up with my daily activities to fight with my depression. I have applied a job that my friend recommended me to apply. I applied last week. I got an e-mail today that they would like to have an interview with me.

What should I say to them about my personal problems? They will ask me why I quitted my job. I need some help how to say in a professional way that I am ready for the job. I know I cannot say details about my personal problems. Do you have any suggestions to use right words of the reason that I have quitted my job? I do not want to blow my chance from getting a job.

March 23, 2010
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Hi Silent Jaguar. If the reason you quit was for personal problems, you tell them it was personal. There is nothing that says that you have to tell them everything. Personal is personal.

March 23, 2010
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Congradulations on the interview.

Part of my job is to interview and hire people.

Interviews are a chance for you to show them that you are the right person for the job. They don't need to know every detail to determine that. Will you require special accomidations to perform the job you are being hired for? If not, then I wouldn't bring up the depression at all.

There is a very limited amount of time for an interview, and delving into problems give the impression that is your focus. No one wants to hire someone who is focused on problems.

Look at the tasks you will be doing in your new job and focus you mind on how well you will be able to do them. What skills and experiences do you have that will help you succeed in this position?

IF they ask why you left your previous job I would suggest an answer along the line of "I felt that it would be best to allow someone else the opportunity to meet the needs of my former position when I needed to take an extended leave to attend to a personal medical issue that has since been resolved. I do not forsee this happening in the future." If you are in the US it is ILLEGAL for them to ask for more details. If you say that it could affect your job performance, then they could inquire further, but as long as you don't go there, then they can't either.

March 23, 2010
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I agree, it is illegal for an interviewer to ask for those kinds of details. Here is an article about illegal interview questions:

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/.....interv.htm

I would not bring up your depression to ensure that they cannot ask for details about it, as chelonia mydas said. If they do try to get too personal, which they likely will not, you can just say "I'm sorry, that is a personal question. Can we talk more about the job opportunity?" And change the focus back to the job.

Try not to be nervous. Your community may have resources where you can get advice on your resume and do a practice interview. Try asking at your library. Good luck!

March 23, 2010
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Hi SJ,

I would also recommend that you google the company to find out more about them and look at their website, assuming they have one.

Are they local, regional, national, international?

Part of a larger conglomerate?

What is their "Mission Statement?"

Are they a manufacturer? Service provider?

Anything that you can find out by 'doing your homework' would work to your advantage.

(I know that this may sound presumptous, but when I go in for an interview, I think in my head that I already have it and that this interview process is just a mere formality.)

Strong, firm handshake is good as well as a friendly smile and eye contact.

Probably alot more tips can be found at monster.com

Good Luck! 🙂

March 24, 2010
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Thanks for all advices I have from all of you!!

I have confirmed the interview with a couple of interviewees for tomorrow afternoon.

I will do my research about their service today as well as practicing on my interview answers.

I will let you know how my interview goes tomorrow.

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