The Guide to Explaining Unemployment in Your Next Job Interview

October 11th, 2018

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There are a lot of reasons you may find yourself with a job history gap on your resume. But when you’re looking for your next position, you need to be able to articulate the reasons why in order to sell yourself to a potential employer. What are some of the things that companies look for when considering your answers to why you’ve been out of a job? Here are a few ways you can explain unemployment in your next interview to improve your chances of success.

Be honest.

One important thing to note when you’re discussing a career gap with a potential employer is, to be honest. There will be no benefit to creating a false narrative that can be easily confirmed or denied through the hiring process. You can be honest, but that doesn’t mean you have to be negative. Find a way to positively talk about your experience away from the professional world.

The reasons why.

The interviewer will want to know the reason why. Did the company restructure and your role was eliminated? Were you not a good fit for the position? Did you take a leap that didn’t work out professionally? Was it your choice or the decision of your past employer? All of these will give them a better picture of why.

Be positive.

In all cases, stay positive. Half the battle when impressing a potential employer is your attitude. Even if you weren’t a good fit with your last company, don’t talk about how much you disliked your manager or coworkers. Don’t talk about your financial challenges or how it’s been difficult for you to find a new job.

Share what you’ve learned.

Ultimately, your job is to share with a potential employer that you’ve learned from your experience and can bring to the table to avoid similar mistakes in the future. This can be the case if you left a position willingly or if you experienced a negative situation that you need to make positive to impress a hiring manager.

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