The most asked question in an interview and the best way to answer

By Caitlin Robinson

Published on 20-05-2017

interview advice

One of the most common questions that Six Degrees ask when we interview talent is for a snapshot of their career history.

The response that we get to this question can vary massively from a short 30 seconds to 20 minutes of tangents and rambling. Our clients also give us the same feedback.

To address this, we thought we would lift the lid on this question. What answers are interviewers looking for, and how can you prepare your ideal response?

What are we looking for?

A succinct, sharp overview of your career. This doesn’t include responsibilities and KPI’s for every job, just a general overview of how your career has progressed. It should take no more than two minutes in total.

Why don’t we want to know about your responsibilities and KPI’s?

If you have been working for more than a few years and in a number of different roles with several businesses, going into this level of detail means it is far easier to get distracted from your key points.

But don’t you need to know those things?

Yes. Absolutely. But we will have a structure to ask you within the interview questions as we progress.

So how do I prepare?

Look over your CV and career. Pick three to five key development periods and then practice how to discuss the impact they had on your career progression. Think about these in regards to your motivations and passions. Shape your snapshot in a way that tells a story that shows where you have been and where you are logically going.


For more career advice, get in touch with Caitlin Robinson on 02 8024 7107.