How would you describe your experience working in …?
Job applicants with years of diverse and relevant experience will have no problem answering the question.
But what do you say if you are just fresh out graduate school or have barely any experience you think is probably not even relevant?
Things are not as bad as they might seem! It is quite possible for anyone to answer the question about the relevant experience you have satisfactorily, and convey experience in general.
Answering the question Describe Your Experience in an interview
This question has to be handled differently as per your employment history – i.e. job experience.
An experienced professional Answer
The employer would want to know that not only you can do the job but you can make the difference and bring significant contribution – Simple as that.
No doubt that this is your time to perform and present yourself – You have to introduce/sell yourself to the interviewer. Prepare your answer based on your qualification, professional experience and what you’ve already achieved in your previous jobs. This is your time to express why you think that your professional abilities fit into the job and its requirements.
10 top employment experience you’d want to review:
- Companies you worked for with dates
- The positions you’ve held
- Key projects and responsibilities
- Coursework & continues education
- Tools you used (software, hardware)
- Knowledge of languages
- Engagement with customers and key industry leaders
- Team work you were involved (and your contribution)
What if you have little to no experience
Things might get complicated when you are asked to “describe your experience in this field” or even worse.. “Share your experience in a team environment/customer service etc” while you’re a newbie.
Let’s face it –
1. Do the Best with What You Have
First of all, many people already have experience without realizing it.
It might be volunteer work, certain extracurricular activity, or personally completed projects.
These may not seem like much, but they can make the difference.
Therefore, be confident and enthusiastic. Show interest in the specifics of the position and of the company which offers it. Demonstrate that you are talented, active and already familiar with some relevant technology and technique.
Above all – You are capable of learning.
If you do that, it is likely a company will prefer a young applicant with little experience, but who is enthusiastic and able to learn, to an experienced, expensive, less enthusiastic, and – in the long run – much less efficient “veteran.”
2. Getting More Experience
There are ways to accumulate relevant experience while still studying or looking for a good full-time position.
- Relevant part-time jobs.
- Jobs not directly related, but having tasks or requiring skills which are.
- Volunteer work
- Pay courses
- Private projects
If you are still a student, get a head start by doing volunteer work and relevant part-time jobs already. If you have already finished school, it’s never too late. Broaden your job search criteria – look for jobs which might offer relevant experience. If you are looking to work in information technology, find experience in IT customer service. Find civic and local service groups which offer volunteer work. Etc.
Look for companies which offer internships, even if the position is not your ideal job – you might find it easier to get accepted there since they will expect you to go through a period of training.
Continue Reading How to Get a Job When you have Little to No Experience
1. Convey Experience in your resume
- Prepare a good Resume which is well-written and includes as much of the above-mentioned experience option as possible without being cluttered with irrelevant information.
- Go over it more than once to work out all of the kinks. Browse the Internet for tips of writing great resumes.
2. Prepare For the Interview
- Research the company: you will make a good impression if you show familiarity with what they do and ask intelligent and relevant questions.
- Practice talking about yourself, maintaining poise, being presentable, and projecting enthusiasm. If you are passionate about the subject, don’t be shy to show it.
Yes, even things like doing a bit of intelligent research about the company prior to the interview will make you look more experienced. The interviewer will see that you know what you are doing and where you are going. You will be able to express an opinion or ask an involved question.
Thus, when asked to describe your experience, all of these together will add up to a very good impression of the “experience you have.”