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Talking Politics and Your Job Interview

Author: Laurie Knafo/Tuesday, October 04, 2016/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, For Job Seekers, For Employers, SNI Certes, For Job Seekers, For Employers, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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According to a Pew Research study, America has never been more polarized, and more so by politics than any other issue! So, as our country is in the full-swing of debates, commercials, online memes, and much more during this presidential election year, the topic of politics may be impossible to avoid.

However, especially if you are job hunting- and interviewing – this is a topic you should dodge. Whether you are someone who feels so passionately about your candidate and the issues that you can’t imagine not “educating” anyone who asks your opinion, or someone who is so ambivalent you may not even vote; be diplomatic and evade the debate.

Normally, I never advise candidates to sound vague or evasive during a job interview or on the job. Interview questions should be answered directly and with examples of how you successfully handled an issue, problem, or task. However, unless you are interviewing for a job in the political arena your political views may be a deal-breaker to the hiring manager. Don’t bring up politics unless asked, and even then proceed with caution.

Think about these tips before you start talking politics and the upcoming election during a job interview:

  • Listen. If you can listen to an interviewer’s political rant without comment, or by stating a simple, non-committal “that’s an interesting point”, that’s probably your best route.
  • Use a political comment to segue way into a topic change. “Speaking of principles, I understand you have a great corporate culture here! Everyone seems very happy…”
  • No matter how receptive your interviewer may appear to be to your political views, avoid going down that road. Keep the discussion to the job at hand, or very neutral small-talk topics: the local sports win last night, construction traffic, or the lovely fall weather.
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Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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10/29/2018 3:06 AM

I need to get some information about the politics actually this was all for my job interview that was all about the social work. I need to get all these on it that all I got from the this has all the information about this field that was good to read for me.


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12/17/2018 8:55 PM

Wow. Great selection of topic especially when you undertake an interview. It is most important that you should know the current affairs when you talk about politics. This is always something a very interesting point where some would love to hear. I love politics. I have written many articles about politics at my paper. You can have a look at it. The blogger have well explained about the techniques or tips used in job interview. I am very happy to read this post. Added to this I would like to add some tips here from my paper.

When an argument arises you should disagree diplomatically. Its been found that t people would rather talk to someone they disagree with who speaks respectfully, rather than someone who shares their views but expresses them belligerently. “Most of us think the only safe space to talk is with those who agree with us, and it’s just not true,” said Grenny.

Never lie about the beliefs in order to confirm. Always you can’t lie about what you believe as it is a long term strategy. Be focus on the common ground. Be stick to one point.It might be difficult to believe, but you might share some equal similarities with people at the opposite of the politics. It is good to have similar thoughts about one topic. Whenever you speak about new topic then ask the permission of expressing your thoughts to them. Express your arguments confidently without any negative words. Be confident and stick to whatever you have to tell. Always be focused and be positive in your attitude.

Keeping this in mind will surely help in passing the interview. Always make a good impression on their mind. I am sure that these tip will help along with the post. Be confident to achieve your best


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6/18/2019 10:59 PM

What is the work on politics in interview.



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