An employer’s understanding and appreciation of your work experience plays a significant role in selecting you for a job offer.
Previous work experience is the basis for determining whether you will be a valuable contributor to an organization.
For this reason, job applicants must present their work experience in a way that emphasizes how it will specifically and significantly benefit the hiring company.
How Important is My Work Experience?
All too often applicants rely on where they’ve been and how long they’ve been there as proof of previous work experience.
Employers, however, are more interested in what you did!
Listing companies, dates, and positions without much supporting information only tells a potential employer that you clocked in every day for so many years. They would much rather know about your achievements.
Think about it, would you rather know that an applicant held several jobs in healthcare at various hospitals or specifics about patient caseloads, time management methods, and knowledge of various treatments?
Being specific and quantifying information whenever possible will help hiring managers choose you. Provide good, solid evidence that you were an accomplished, knowledgeable, hard worker and show that you can bring these attributes to your new place of employment.
Describe Your Work Experience
In a resume you have to choose your words very carefully. You don’t want to write a novel about your previous work experience, but you don’t want to merely list every job and position you’ve ever had either.
In order to properly describe your work experience, you should consider where you are sending it.
What work experience does the job require? How can you highlight your achievements in these areas on your resume? Needed strengths differ from position to position.
Take the time to delve into your skills and accomplishments as they fit the position and company. Never lie in your resume or in an interview, but make good choices on what to emphasize about your work history.
Work Experience Interview Questions
Interview questions about your work experience vary widely and you should be prepared to answer all of them. They can range from specific questions about what you did in a previous position to how your work experience will make you the best person to hire. Here are a few interview questions to be ready for:
• How do you think you can contribute to this company? What motivates you?
These are only a few of many work experience interview questions that you may face.
Some questions may be easy to answer, while others may have you reaching for the best way to respond. Preparation is the key to having confidence while talking about your work history and future goals. Preparation includes practicing interview questions as well as researching the position and the company. It also requires a review of your own accomplishments.
Lynn Mattoon is a Content Editor & Career Writer for HealthCareJobSite.com, a Beyond.com career community.