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A job interview is an opportunity for employers to learn as much as they can about candidates. But, as a candidate, it does not mean you should tell them everything. You can share TOO much information during a finance job interview, and it could hurt your chances.
Sharing information is an essential part of a job interview, but you need to be smart about what you choose to share and what is better left unsaid. Finding the right balance can be challenging. You want to be forthcoming and show your personal side, but you also need to be conscious you don’t say too much.
Here are some key things to think about when it comes to sharing information during a job interview based on feedback from our recruiters:
There are certain topics you should refrain from talking about during job interviews:
Keep chatter about these topics to a minimum. Seldom will these topics help you improve your chances. They can do more harm than good. There will be times when it naturally makes sense to speak about your personal life. Say what is important and do your best to find the right balance of information to share.
As a general rule, if you are not sure if you should mention something during the interview, it is better to not talk about it. If the topic in question is really important to the interviewer, they will more than likely ask you a question about it. So, do not bring it up, but be prepared to talk about it if the subject arises.
If an interviewer wants to learn more about a specific aspect of your career, experience, or skills, they will ask you follow-up questions. Offer succinct answers to the questions they ask and then allow them to continue the conversation if they want additional information.
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Danielle is a Recruitment Consultant with our Accounting and Finance team, primarily focused on placing talent with mid-sized public accounting firms. Danielle has five years of experience in the recruitment industry, starting out as a recruitment coordinator and growing into a recruitment and candidate sourcing specialist.