Interview Tips: When to Share Personal Information to Land a Job

Interview Tips When to Share Personal Information to Land a JobIt’s NOT always inappropriate to discuss your personal life during a professional conversation — including during a formal interview, informational interview, or while networking.

However, so few interviewees or job seekers bring their personal experiences into the mix for fear of coming across as unprofessional — and as a result so many miss the ultimate opportunity to be memorable, seal the deal, and land a new job.

Watch to learn when it is perfectly appropriate to share your personal experiences as well as when it’s critical to enhancing your candidacy.

Hint: If you are switching careers then your motivation behind this switch is one instance when bringing in personal experiences makes sense and offers a much needed explanation for your switch.

FYI: Aside from strategically including personal information during an interview the same guidance in this video can be applied to your cover letter. Check out for a highly effective cover letter template!

Written by Melissa Llarena

Melissa Llarena is the founder of Career Outcomes Matter, a career coaching firm for executives who want make a professional leap now (not later), can handle the candid feedback that’s necessary to feel prepared for the toughest interviews, and are open to trying new ways that have been proven to speed up job searches. See how I tackle career challenges in multiple publications including The Huffington Post. Then set-up a 15-minute consultation to get started. New to coaching? Here are some FAQs.

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About Melissa

As a career coach, my plan is to share what I have learned from having: dissected 1,000+ performance evaluations, reported to 20+ bosses, lived in 7 zip codes, worked in 2 foreign countries, transitioned directly from financial services to advertising, started a career coaching firm as a newbie mom, coached lawyers that no longer desired to practice law, helped a plethora of clients with compelling raw materials yet lackluster interview performance skills, earned 2 full rides to top academic institutions, and left law school. View all posts by Melissa →

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