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Asked by John on February 7, 2017

Do you have guidance for business owners who closed their business and are re-entering the workforce as employees?

Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on February 7, 2017

Hello,  This is a great question.  We experiece this quite often in HVAC.  As a business owner going into a larger workforce, ensure you're ready to be able to take direction and not always make the final decisions.  That's the biggest obstacle we see.  When interviewing, make sure to speak to the accomplishments you made and how you worked through situations.  Try avoid talking at high level.  And be prepared to talk about why you're looking to make the transiiton back into the workforce vs. owning a company.  Best wishes!

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Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on May 16, 2017

Hi there!

Excellent question and that's great to hear that you have that professional first-hand experience into running a business. With so many entrepreneurs in the workforce, chances are your future employers are familiar with this professional route and won't be taken off-guard. Be prepared to answer questions like, "Why did you end your business?", "Why are you pursuing this position?", "Do you work better alone or collaborating with a team?", "How do you handle failure?". When asked some of these tougher, more sensitive questions, be ready to answer in a concise, honest way that leads and ends positively. For example, one of your answers could be something to the effect of, "I am a very strategic and goal-oriented person and therefore try to factor in the risk of what could be considered 'failure' ahead of time. If and when a situation turns out differently than I anticipated, I do my best to learn as much as I can from what happened. What could I have done differently and what can I do differently next time? In my opinion, the only failure is not being able to learn from what's happened."

Best of luck! 

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