Most common of the top job interview questions - Where are you?
During your job search, one of the top job interview questions you cannot escape can be found in the Bible, in the book of Genesis, after the fall of man. Let's remind the related verses:
10 He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."
11 And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"
12 The man said, "The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."
13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
This fundamental question: WHERE ARE YOU? may come through one form or another but it cannot be avoided during any serious job interview.
A job interview is an encounter between two destinies: yours and the prospective employer, trying to determine if their future is somehow related.
The employer wants to know: ' Mr future employee of mine, where are you in your career? what are your greatest motivational needs at this point? Why did you leave your previous job? What are you exactly after in your new job search ? Which skills have you developed so far from your past experiences?'
This is a series of questions to be answered honestly, openly and obviously a good preparation would help you do just that.
If we go back to the Bible verses quoted previously, Adam had been given a job by God to dominate the earth, to subdue it and keep it.
But he was found out of position. Instead of been in a position of authority, he was hiding.
Adam blamed his past failures on :
Your interviewer will quicky identify himself (herself) with your past employer. Not very good news for you. As we can see later, Eve also found somebody else to blame.
What your interviewer is also looking after by asking this common job interview question (WHERE ARE YOU?) is also to see how you use your past experiences (both successes and failures) to your advantage. What did you learn from them ? But it all starts by taking full responsability for them and not blaming somebody else. As long as you stick to this unproper covering (with fig leaves), you will have hard time to provide a proper answer to the most common of the top job interview questions: WHERE ARE YOU?
As a candidate been interviewed, it is also your responsability to ask the employer: WHERE ARE YOU?