Going on and on (you know who you are) about details that aren't relevant to the position is distracting and uncomfortable to the interviewer. Now I have to figure out how to stop you from telling me about your aunt's dog and how you wanted to be a firefighter when you were growing up.
I can't stress this enough: Be Relevant to the position and how YOU fit the shoes of the role.
While we are on this subject, being honest is essential- always! Keep in mind that your honesty is what can be the end of a good relationship between you and the hiring manager.
How can you be honest in an interview without getting a regret letter?
Simple: Don't divulge so many past mistakes covering them up with the phrase: "I've learned my lesson on that one!"
Use a different example instead. When a hiring manager asks you a simple question, yes or no, that's pretty easy. It's when they want you to elaborate that it can get tricky. Stay positive! Show the hiring manager how GREAT you are by using examples of things that have gone RIGHT- not just mistakes that you have learned from.
Here's as simple as it gets: Never say anything negative about your past employer. If you left amicably (not a good fit) then you need to be honest with yourself and realize when a position just wasn't a good fit for you. Say that to the hiring manager and move on. Do not get started with why, who, how and a ton of excuses. If you do- know that the hiring manager is thinking "this isn't going to be a good fit".
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