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What to say at interviews? - March 13th 2012, 03:24 PM

So I've been at my current job now for over a year and I just cannot work there much longer. The longer I am there, the more I dislike the way it is run and I spend more of my time being unhappy now than not.

I have already started applying elsewhere for work, and in fact have already got an interview arranged.

My problem is that I'm sure my current employer is looking for a reason to get rid of me (I don't blame him to be honest, I'm sure it's clear I'm not all that happy there, it's also come out recently that I have 'emotional problems' and have been diagnosed with 'low mood' which I'm sure is a nice way of putting 'depressed'. I have taken an awful lot of time off work also (probably 50/50 genuine sickness eg stomach bugs and migraines and then the emotional problems eg feeling too tearful to go in )

Obviously the best thing for me to do is to get another job before he gets rid of me, but I can't see the future.

What I'm worried about is if he gets rid of me before I find work elsewhere. What would I then tell future employers at interview for the reason I was gotten rid of?

The truth surely would put all employers off employing me? And I don't know what else I can say? Please help!
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Re: What to say at interviews? - March 13th 2012, 05:06 PM

Most prospective employers are more concerned about your ability to do the job you're interviewing for. You didn't share what your current job is and what you're interviewing for, but you'd need to make it clear to the interviewer that whatever the issues there were won't affect your ability to perform on your new job...hopefully the two jobs are different enough that those differences will provide enough of an explanation.

If you have a health issue, that is a private thing and cannot be used against you, which is also a way of saying that you do not have to reveal it...UNLESS it will interfere with your ability to perform at your new job.

Lastly, keep in mind that most employers recognize at 19 you haven't decided on career job yet, everyone has had prior jobs and is looking to move on at some point. If you go in with the belief that you're qualified for the position and genuinely can perform, it will be easier for you to communicate that.

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Re: What to say at interviews? - March 13th 2012, 06:37 PM

If they ask why you left you can always go along the lines of "The work atmosphere there was not what I was looking for/it was not a supportive place to work." Something like that. Never say that you had issues with your boss, unless you get fired and then asked why. You have to be positively honest. So if you get fired because you're always out of work, you have to be honest about that, but try to make it seem a bit less negative.

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