If this firm is in the press, you can’t say, “I haven’t heard anything about your firm.” You seem like a jerk. Sometimes the firm is looking for reconnaissance like, “What’s the scuttlebutt about us?” When push comes to shove, there is no way of winning that one.
There are a few suggested ways.
- If they are in the media for something negative, you can respond by saying, “I have read some press accounts… Who wants to read these press accounts? They’re all over the media these days. It’s obvious that the firm has some struggles but that opens up some opportunities for someone like me to step up and make a difference.” That’s for someone in a leadership role. 1st, after all, you can do something similar. You can conclude by saying, “But it offers a challenge for me joy is the staff individual. It offers a challenge to contribute and be a strong performer and change some of the public perceptions of the organization.”
- If there is nothing you can research about the firm online, you can say, “I have is anything current about your organization. It’s not like them out there trying to say,’ Okay, tell me everything bad you’ve heard about the firm.’ I asked some friends who have some opinions about your firm, did a quick Google search. Everything seems to be in order. Nothing here to scare me or anyone else.” Just let it go at that.
Going to any sort of detail, even if you have heard something from a friend or a former employee, is a bad signal. They don’t really want to hear it. All it does is make them concerned as to whether you accept an offer if they made it to you.
Skirt answering the question and do it in a very casual way. Avoid going into any sort of detail. You will do fine answering.
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