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Should I Disclose That I have a Business During a Job Interview

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Is it okay to tell the interviewer that I'm currently having my own business?

I quit my job a year back and started a legit small business of my own. The reason being aside from experience, is to fill my time. But I’m having money issue and now trying to apply for a job.

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I would suggest being prepared to talk about it if the interviewer asks about it.

You may or may not have featured it on your resume. It would depend if the fact that you have a small business adds to your experience or skill set and help place you as the ideal candidate for a specific job.

If you have a Linkedin profile, odds are that your business will be mentioned there. If you don’t have a Linkedin profile and/or your business isn’t mentioned there, then perhaps that may be one of the root causes of your financial challenges.

If your business is featured on your Linkedin profile, odds are that your interviewer will see it. Some job search experts are saying that some 93% of hiring managers are checking out social media to see if there are reasons to rule out job applicants.

If it isn’t brought up for discussion in the interview, I wouldn’t bring it up. If it does, the interviewer might be thinking about conflict of interest issues. Could the business take you away from working on your job or prevent you focusing on what they would be paying you to do?

You will need to develop answers for those types of questions.

It might also be a good time to see how you can make your business more profitable. I know several people who got jobs as a result of their business activities.


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