How to Handle Interview Questions About Your Experience

How You Answer This Question Can Show If You're a Fit For the Role, Or Not

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Interviews are difficult and stressful for everyone, regardless of where you are in your career. The application process and interviews is time-consuming and when you finally get that interview, it is normal to stress about certain questions. 

One of the most common question asked in interviews revolves around the candidates' experience. Interviewers may phrase the question in several different ways, such as:

  • How does your experience prepare you for this role?
  • Do you think your experience matches the needs of the job?
  • Do you think you're qualified for this position?

When you are asked questions related to the experience that qualifies you for the job, it's important to be very specific about your skills and experience. Instead of answering it broadly, try to use specific examples of how your past work prepares you for the new role. 

The best way to respond is to describe your responsibilities in detail and to connect them to the job you are interviewing for. Tie your responsibilities in with those listed in the job description for the new position.

That way, the employer will see that you have the qualifications necessary to do the job. Focus most on your responsibilities that are directly related to the new job's requirements.

It's also important to be honest and accurate. Don't embellish your job, because you don't know who the hiring manager will be checking with when they check your references.

Here's how to match your qualifications to a job description.

Sample Answer

For example, if asked about how experience relates to the job in a marketing role, a strong answer would be:

"My years of experience have prepared me well for this marketing role. You mentioned that customer service is a big part of this job; I spent three years working in a high-volume call center, answering customer calls and identifying solutions.

I developed extensive skills in working with customers, even when they were distressed. I'm excellent as deescalating situations and finding a way to make the customer happy. Since the role of your marketing department is to improve customers' impressions of the company, my experience will be an asset to your team."

It's important that you practice answering questions, but do not try to memorize your responses. You want to sound relaxed and natural. Instead of learning your answer line by line, just focus on key points to emphasize to get your point across to the interviewer. 

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