Being Out Of Work: Reasons To Give

  1. Emphasising the environment that makes you be at your best, indirectly telling them that the reason you didn’t thrive at the previous place was that they didn’t support you.
  2. If you were laid off, disclose the fact honestly, emphasising the reason for being fired and the lessons learnt.
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Resume Red Flags: Employment Gaps
  • Gaps in experience indicate a struggle with securing jobs in the past or poor performance to the hiring manager.
  • One can proactively explain the real, often valid reasons for a gap in your employment, like taking care of a sick family member, recession, or taking time-out for education or reskilling.
  • It is a good idea to add some contractual or consulting work, pursue a degree or diploma, or even do volunteer work.
  • If you were out of work due to your being selective about your career, mention the same to the recruiter.

Taking multiple jobs in a short span of time can indicate struggle towards commitment, or chronic performance issues. Brief tenures can be tackled as follows:

  1. Show the positive side of working with a diverse set of companies, gaining experience and a solid network.
  2. Focus on the accomplishments rather than the tenure.
  3. Make the hiring manager understand the exposure you had and best practices that were acquired, increasing your competence

Not being currently employed or having an unplanned departure is a red flag for recruiters, who believe a strong candidate would not leave a job without a new profile in hand. You can handle this by:

  1. Not blaming the old company, and not highlighting their mistreatment of you.
  2. Focusing on the good aspects of your tenure with them: Your learnings, new relationships and accomplishments.

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Why Interviewers Ask It

This introductory question serves as an icebreaker to lend an easy flow to the conversation. It helps the recruiter to get to know you in terms of hard and soft skills.

It’s a great opportunity to demonstrate that you can communicate clearly and effectively.

Your Guide to Answering "Tell Me About Yourself" in an Interview

Job interviews are still mostly subjective and rarely focus on merit, work quality, or important job skills. There are always biases, preferences and on-the-spot decisions that are not entirely professional or by the book.

Pants or no pants? 3 tips for nailing a virtual job interview

  • Prepare your questions based on the attributes of an ideal candidate,
  • Reduce stress level. Tell the candidates in advance the questions you plan to ask.
  • Involve enough people for multiple checks.
  • Assess potential. Look for signs of the candidate's curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination.
  • Ask behavioral and situational questions.
  • Consider "cultural fit", but don't obsess because people adapt.
  • Sell the role and the organization once you're sure in your candidate.

How to Conduct an Effective Job Interview

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