DEAL WITH RED FLAGS

Most job seekers have one or more red flags in their background that could knock them out of consideration for a job. Some red flags appear on applications and resumes while others arise during interviews.

Red flags include such things as:

  • lack of experience
  • inadequate education
  • poor grades
  • criminal record
  • job hopping
  • poor references
  • fired
  • over-qualified

Be prepared to deal with your red flags in a positive manner - admit the red flag but indicate what you have done to overcome it. Always tell the truth, but do so in a positive manner that reflects on your ability to change your life for the better.

For information on how to best respond to red flag questions, see Job Interview Tips for People With Not-So-Hot Backgrounds (Impact Publications, 2004).

Red Flag #1: _________________________________________________________

Response: ___________________________________________________________

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Red Flag #2: _________________________________________________________

Response: ___________________________________________________________

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Red Flag #3: _________________________________________________________

Response: ___________________________________________________________

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SOURCE: Adapted from Ron Krannich, Ph.D., The Re-Entry Employment and Life Skills Pocket Guide (Manassas Park: Impact Publications), page 36. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Copying strictly forbidden.