Interview Take-Out 002: Protect Your Brand
Let us look at the subject of integrity for this month’s interview takeout. My experience shows that as job seekers, we sometimes are uncertain about how much information we should share on our resume or during an interview process; what we should share or keep completely to ourselves. We want our best foot forward and do not want anything that will put us in a disadvantage. There is a price for getting on the wrong side.
I see integrity as part of an individual’s character brand. It should be protected as much as we protect our fashion, clothing or general appearance.
- Sometime ago, during an interview, we had a candidate that mentioned a figure as his salary from his previous employment.
- Yes, I know that there is a controversy regarding whether people should be asked about their remuneration. I am of the opinion that a business owner or recruiter should know. It does not necessarily mean that the individual would be boxed into his/her current or previous rate. As you know in most cases, the employer either has a budget or a salary scale. So information about a candidate’s salary provides both parties (recruiter and candidate) a basis for discussion.
- Back to my subject. In the course of our interaction, this candidate was inconsistent with the facts he presented regarding his previous job, that it became clear he had given untruthful information regarding his last pay. What do you think was our Client’s reaction? You guess.
- Personally, I have had an experience where something I did not include in my CV (and had mistakenly taken out a qualifying clause) was taken as an integrity issue. If you are a person of integrity, you really do not want to be in a situation where your integrity is questionable. I felt bad with that experience, and thereafter, I found a way to craft and insert the information on my CV and relevant social media profile.
- Your character brand is part of your personality and professional brand, protect it very well. You lose nothing by coming plain, simple and truthful. Some organisations would request references from a candidate’s previous employers, especially if the candidate is being considered for employment. It is important to present truthful facts about yourself and your employment history on your resume and during a recruitment process. As a matter of policy, some CEOs or organisations would not touch or deal with persons that appear to lack integrity, because what that means is such a person cannot be trusted or his/her word cannot be relied upon. The result being that work will be affected if such a person is brought into the organisation.
- It is also best to indicate that you would rather not disclose certain experience regarding a previous employment (rather than present untruthful fact). Recruiters will understand your preference for confidentiality.
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