It is a fact that not all the people in charge of interviewing candidates are qualified for this. Many are there by chance and are forced to make difficult decisions about the future of the prospective employee as if he or she is able to participate or not in the next phase of the selection process.
It is almost certain that at some point in your career you encounter untrained recruiters, so it is important to be prepared. If you have a typical millennial career history – with many jobs lasting between nine months and three years – wait for the next question, “Why did you change so much employment?”
The interviewer who has not been influenced by the rapid changes that have affected the corporate ecosystems in recent years may not understand the fact that his career is formed by a series of short-term jobs. But the truth is that today, not even a one-year contract can be considered a fast-track job. All jobs are becoming short-term, regardless of whether people are prepared for it or not.
So in this scenario, how to answer the much-feared question? You do not want to sound offensive, but you do not want to flatter or beg for interviewer approval. Moreover, it is very tempting to take the road to the explanations and reasons why you have changed so much employment.
However, talking about unnecessary personal problems and specific situations of the companies you’ve been through will make a bad impression. You will not improve your image by describing the whole saga of your career in the hope of convincing the recruiter about the good reasons you had to change jobs. So try to take a high-level approach.
An example of a proper response is: “I never expected to work in so many companies in a short time, but it was an incredible experience. Now I know how to face a new situation and figure out how to make a difference. I think this should just happen because I would not trade the learning I had to anything else. ”
Your confidence and your light responses may cause the interviewer to ask more questions about the changes and twists that have occurred in your incredible career track record, but many will not demonstrate that interest. With luck, they will question about the job for which you are applying, and this is the main intention of a job interview.