How should I respond when applicants ask about our financial stability?

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Our company is doing OK in this lousy economy, all things considered. In fact, we occasionally hire someone! However, it’s not easy doing business these days, and I really can’t say we’re thriving. It’s more like we’re doing a really good job of hanging on. When we conduct interviews, candidates naturally want to know about our financial stability. I struggle with what to tell them. I don’t want to paint a too-rosy picture, but I don’t want to scare off good potential employees either. Has anyone faced this problem? How do you handle it?—Keith, Houston

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Chelsea August 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

My recommendation would be to give a very high level picture, and focus on plans for the future. Stating “we’re doing XYZ to improve profitability” is a great way to keep it positive while passively acknowledging short comings and opportunities.


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