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How to Answer & Explain Your Experience, Education & Training
Job interviews can be nerve-racking and fear-inducing. Sitting before a potential employer as you try to sell your experience, talent and general skill can strike fear in the toughest people. There are several questions that can be particularly challenging. Among them is the request to explain your education, experience and specific training that makes you an ideal candidate for the particular job for which you are applying. This question, although relatively straight-forward, requires some focus and preparation.
Review the mission statement for the company with which you will be interviewing, along with any provided details of the position in which you are interested. Write any details about the job down on a piece of paper to refer to as you prepare for the interview.
Write down three answers for each part of the question: experience, education and training. Include specific and concrete details that show why your experience has prepared you for the job position for which you are interviewing. Think of and write down ways your educational history (undergraduate or graduate) has impacted your ability to fill the position in question. Write down specific details of any training you might have had or any certification and licensure you have acquired that will help you win the job.
Review what you've written down. Add anything that you may have missed and omit anything that may distract from your answer or which may be confusing to the person interviewing you. Giving too much information in an interview can be as bad as giving too little.
Compare the answers you've prepared with the company's mission statement and the position available to ensure that they line up. Emphasize the positive with all of your answers. Remember that the interviewer is as interested in how you answer as the content of your answer--questions like this one can help an employer weed through applicants who lack passion and confidence. Be sure to convey both in your interview.
Practice answering the question in front of the mirror or with a friend after you've outlined at least three answers for each part of the question. Build your comfort with both the question and your answers by saying them out loud; try to find different and natural ways to articulate your answers.
Jocelyn Right has been writing professionally since 2008. Her work includes promotional material for a small business and articles published on eHow. She enjoys writing about issues in education, the arts, nature, health, gardening and small-business operations. Right holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and psychology and a Master of Arts in education.