18 months of downtime didn't effect my ability to work, I promise.
November 30, 2012 5:50 PM Subscribe
How should I address a long gap (18 months) in my employment history during a job interview?
posted by zinon to work & money (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I quit my job a year and a half ago; partly for health reasons, but mainly because I was tired of the daily grind. For better or worse this has been by M.O., I get a job for a year or two, then take six months to a year off. Living on savings while between jobs. When I was younger I would take college courses while between jobs. So explaining the gaps wasn't a problem. But this time around I didn't do anything "productive".
So far I've been on three job interviews and didn't get any of them. Unfortunately, all those interviews where setup by a recruiter, so I have no information as to why I wasn't hired, and I have no way of asking. But I suspect it's the 18 months of nothing that's holding me up.
I have an interview scheduled for Monday morning. What should I say about this time? What shouldn't I say? What's the best way for me to answer, "Why did you leave your last job?"
I really need this job, so if you've got any helpful tips I'll take 'em.