Jobs Now Blog

Sunday, 10 September 2017 11:15

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

Written by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

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.

Question originally answered on Quora.com.

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.

 

For more answers to this question visit Quora. 

Read 412 times Last modified on Friday, 22 December 2017 17:47

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.

Recent Post

  • What's the best way to deal with a coworker who steals credit for your work and ideas?

    I suppose it depends on whether it affects you in any way. If it does, then actions may be warranted. If it doesn’t affect you directly, perhaps affecting a fellow team member, you’ll need to decide whether it’s any of your business to intervene on the other’s behalf. It may be more appropriate to support your fellow team member if they want to move forward in addressing the issue, rather than taking it on yourself.

  • No-Show Phone Interview

    Phone call womanI scheduled a phone interview for 2:30 p.m. mountain standard Time and when I went back to my email to reconfirm whereas it was 10 minutes later than 2:30 already it reads please allow for a call within 30 minutes of the scheduled time. That seems strange to me.. and now we approach the last 5 minutes of that 30-minute window and still no hide no hair no phone call. Do I reach out to them after the 30 minutes is up or do I assume that I should move on and keep looking elsewhere?

    As I am responding to this question 16 days after you have posted it, I would expect you have resolved it by now. So, my response is directed at anybody else facing a similar situation.

  • Should you still apply for a job if you don’t have enough experience?

    My friend told me "within reason" but what's your interpretation of that? More than half? One or two years short? I have 2.5 years of experience for a job that requires 5. Still worth applying for?

    I’ve heard 70 to 75% bandied about as a reasonable expectation to be considered as a possible applicant for a job position.

    You are guaranteed not to get 100% of the jobs you don’t apply for.

  • Please Help I'm going insane

    I finished school in June 2018 and I'm now a fully licensed teacher.

    Had a temp job for a month from September to October and have been unemployed for 4 months now. I'm going insane.

    I'm doing everything I've been told to do. I'm seeking jobs, and I always research and call the school before applying and ask relevant questions. But this month I haven't even gotten a single job interview. My resume is updated, so are my applications.

    What more can I do? Please help me.

    A layman’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.