Restaurant managers try to give their best in a job interview. It is natural human behavior. You want the job, but trying to be too accommodating, or outright lying, can cost you the job.
Here are some lies that Recruiters look for. They ask questions to see if they are going to get these answers. Instead of offering a vague answer – engage. Ask your own questions. Be honest.
1. I am a true ‘people person.’
A true people person has a specific personality. They are expressive, but have learned to control their drama. If you are a true ‘people person’ then it will show in your interview and resume. You don’t need to brag about it.
Being a people person means that everyone likes you. That can suggest that you are the office gossip. It can suggest that you hold parties every Saturday night. Maybe everyone likes you because you are the ‘enabler’ and let everyone blame you for office problems.
That is true. It is also true that no one gets along with everyone. If you are able too then you’ve learned to master the 6 communication styles. You are good at profiling human behavior. You also have some amazing negotiation skills. Make sure that you can back up your claim.
A better answer might be ‘I’ve worked hard to appear like a true people person.’ And then explain what that means to you.
2. I wasn’t’ fired.
If you were not fired then you need to give a reason why you left. Berating your last employer will not get you a new job. In fact, it might make you look like a problem person, someone who is difficult to work with, or someone who is ‘all hype’ and ‘no performance.’
3. ________ won’t be any problem.
All things are problems, whether it is relocating for the perfect restaurant job, or a two hour commute. Do not be afraid to discuss problems. If a recruiter or hiring manager asks you about a commute or relocation they are testing to see if you’ve started thinking about solutions.
A better answer might be ‘relocating won’t be a problem, I’ve been preparing for six months.’ Or, a 2 hour commute isn’t a problem, I’ve already ordered a college course on digital, and I’ve budgeted the cost of gas.’ The fact is, your gas bill will be high, you will break down on the highway some day, and your car will die and you’ll need a new one. All this costs money – which is a problem.
The fact is, relocating and commuting cause stress, fatigue, and social issues. Let the hiring manager know that you have already started to solve the issues.
4. I’m very reliable. I’m never late. I don’t procrastinate.
“Life happens.” Making broad blanket statements is a sign of carelessness. Manager’s know that jobs won’t be done on time, because the day to day work got in the way. Emergencies happen in any business. It is part of the manager’s job to prioritize. Stating that you never fail shows a lack of understanding for the manager’s position.
5. I never cause conflict. I never gossip. I don’t cause dissention in the work place.
This is not human nature. Not doing these things makes you an outsider in the group. If you make this claim, be ready to back it up. But be realistic. The fact that you never gossip will cause conflict in the group. If you have an opinion, that will cause conflict. If you have no opinion then maybe you are the team member who sits back and lets everyone else do the work.