There is nothing more valuable than having the faith that God provides to us as we continue to develop a personal relationship with him. However, some mistakenly assume that it is okay to testify about the goodness of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ during their interview with HR personnel. Here are 3 interview tips that those who love the Lord should not discuss:
1. Asking a potential client the job he wanted in his next professional position, he responded, “Whichever way the Lord directs me”. When probed with more questions, he went on to tell me that he was a minister and was new in town. Although he was working, he lacked a clear picture of who he is as a professional. Tip #1 Focus on discussing the progression of your career path and not the conviction of your faith during an interview (Unless of course, you are applying for a position in a religious based school, church or non-profit organization. In this case, this would be deemed not only appropriate, but relevant).
2. Discussing with a job seeker had his ideas on his earning potential in his next job, he was asked how much money he’d like to make and he responded, “I would like to make as much as possible. The Lord has a floodgate of riches in store for me!” In church, this would certainly generate an amen and more money in the collection plate. Tip #3 Focus on providing logical answers based on your skills, experiences, and research based on salary expectations from credible online sources such as salary dot com or Jack Chapman’s book on interviewing and salary negotiations. Don’t provide emotional appeals based on feelings but understand the strategy and placement of the ‘money issue’ within an interview.
3. Explaining to the potential client that focusing on religion in a conversation of business communications will risk a perception of a job seeking being labeled as inappropriate and more important ineffective as a professional. In all cases, each and every question asked in an exploratory interview is done to assess if the person being interviewed can fit into the workplace and function successfully to help the company enhance their goals. Tip #3 Demonstrate your value by discussing your achievements, accomplishments and other value laden assets that you possess that are consistent with the mission and motivation of the company. For more information on interviewing, please see Jack Chapman’s article on this link www.tinyURL.com/12Mistakes.