Vote No on Political Discussions in Job Interviews

Unless you’re applying to work with a politically affiliated organization or a politician, there is no need to discuss politics in a job interview.   Everyone has the right to their own political opinions. But, job interviews are not good places for potentially heated political discussions.

Here are some tips for keeping your political views out of the hands of hiring managers:

Resumes Should be Apolitical

Don’t list political affiliations in your resume, unless it directly relates to a past job or the one you are currently applying for.  You don’t want your resume ending up at the bottom of the stack because the person reviewing it strongly disagrees with you.

Google Your Name

Scroll through two or three pages of results. If you find any potentially controversial statements or images belonging to you, remove them.

Consider Going Private

Many hiring managers these days conduct  social media searches of job candidates.  Set your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles to private. So, only your approved friends can see your posts, including political discussions.

Maintain a Politics-Free Zone During Your interview

If you’re planning to bring up political news as a good way to break the ice with the hiring manager, skip it.  Even if you feel confident that your views are in line with the hiring manager’s views. You could be mistaken to what degree they agree with you.

Don’t Feel Pressured into Offering Your Political Views

If the hiring manager brings up politics, politely say:  “Sorry, but talking politics in the office isn’t my thing.”   You might even score points with the hiring manager because you just told them that you won’t be stirring up potentially heated political conversations around the office.

If you find yourself heading down the political discussion path during a job interview, make a detour and save your energy. It could do more damage than good.

For more job interview etiquette tips, check out: Interview Etiquette: During Your Job Interview