This is a very easy question for people to do literally. “Well, I started at so-and-so (or I did this and that and this and that). Then I progressed to the next firm, where…. It is boring.
Here is what you should do instead. Instead of doing this job by job summary, give them a synopsis of what your career has been about. “When you look at my background, what you see is someone who has been in systems development now for the last 7 years. I’ve risen from such and such to such and such and have been involved with tough projects in each organization I have gone to. I’ve done projects that have been critical to that organization, projects where a mistake could cause failure for that project, and a variety of others.
Do you get the idea? You do this summary process, rather than talking about each organization and what you did. As always, try to keep your answer to 45 to 60 seconds so that in this way, you don’t risk the individual who is listening to your answer tuning you out and starting to think about something on his or her desk.
Again, keep your answer to 45 to 60 seconds and you will wind up keeping this person engaged and going into more detail with you.
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