How to answer the

"Why was there a gap in your employment?"

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Alternative ways of asking this question

  • Why did you take a career break?

Why would an interviewer ask you this question?

This is a valid question if an interviewer looks at your resume and sees a period that you were not working. They may have concerns that you will need to take time off in the future for health or personal reasons. They may also want to know if you were let go by a previous company, if you have a criminal record and spent time in jail or rehabilitation, or if you have had difficulties finding a position.

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