Answering 16 of The Most Commonly Asked Job Interview Questions

8. What Did You Do During This Gap In Employment


Highlight any productive activities you did such as volunteering, interning or taking classes. Even mind-enriching activities like blogging is better than nothing. Emphasize any ways these experiences relate to the job.

If you truly did nothing, try to describe that gap as a needed break that’s over and you’re ready to take on new challenges.

In an interview with The Muse, career-advice author Hannah Seligson recommends you shape your answer somewhat like this: “I decided to take a break at the time, but today I’m ready to contribute to this organization in the following ways.”

9. Tell Me About A Time…

Most times when employers ask these behavioral questions, they want to know how you meet challenges under pressure. With that in mind, sit down and think of a few times when you faced a tough challenge and overcame it.

Maybe you dealt with a difficult customer or client. Or you had difficulty meeting a deadline. Think of how you responded, what the outcome was, and what you learned from the experience. Make sure you tell a story about how you managed to resolve a difficult situation and learned from it.

Afterward, frame your answer to reflect how what you learned will help you perform the job you’re applying for.

For example, you may be asked to describe a time when you dealt with a difficult customer if you’re seeking a sales position. Explain why the customer was being difficult. Perhaps he was not satisfied with the price. Elaborate on how you calmed him down and turned him around by elaborating on the value of your product. Finally, highlight the positive outcome and how that skill can help you deal with the company’s clientele.


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