More Magazine Awkward Interview Question Issue 22nd April 2013

This week,’Can you explain the gaps on your CV?’

Tony Wilmot of staffbay.com explains how to handle that curveball

WHY DO THEY ASK IT?
If you have gaps in your employment history, the interviewer will want to know what you were doing with your time. Address this in your application, on both your CV and covering letter, but be prepared to be grilled. it may be you’ve been travelling, or had a break between short – term contracts, but make sure you have answers in case you’re put on the spot.

HOW DO YOU ANSWER IT?
If you’ve had a lot gaps between jobs, you need to think what you did what you did that will impress potential employers. Look at your personal life and consider anything you think will reflect well on you, such as charity work, volunteering, or unpaid experience – and get this into your covering letter and CV. Be honest – if it was a tough time in the jobs market, say this, and then go on to explain what you did to overcome the hurdle.

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a singer’ in Issue 22nd April 2013, I did not write this!)

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