Some aspects of your background may create doubts in the mind of a prospective employer and lead him/her to eliminate you from consideration for a job. Test yourself to determine how "not-so-hot" your background may be. Read the following statements and circle the number to the right that best represents your degree of agreement or disagreement with that particular statement.
1 = Strongly agree
If you circled a "1" or "2" for any of these statements, you may raise a red flag in the eyes of most employers. If your total score is between 10 and 35, you will most likely appear to have a not-so-hot background in the eyes of most employers. You'll need to develop interview strategies to overcome your job market weaknesses.
SOURCE: Adapted from Caryl and Ron Krannich, Ph.D.s, Job Interview Tips for People With Not-So-Hot Backgrounds (Manassas Park: Impact Publications), pages 21-22. Copyright 2004. All rights reserved.