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By this time in your career, you should have advanced further. What has slowed down your career progression?

1 of 15 Career Goals Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on August 10th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

When an interviewer sees slow career progression on your resume, they will immediately want to determine whether this is by your own choice, any outside circumstances, or if you are not motivated to create growth in your career. If your job has progressed slower than you wish, you must be honest with the interviewer when discussing this.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I agree with you that my career progression has been slower than some. You will see that between 2001 - 2009 I worked for the same company without an increase in the title. The company was too small to offer a promotion to me as the next level was ownership and the business wasn't for sale. After this, from 2009-2012 I was on leave as I needed to care for my ailing parents. The growth since returning to work has been steady but those years were a bit of a standstill for me. I am ready to spring into action now, and forge ahead in my career."

Admin
Answer example

"I have progressed comfortably in my career as an Administrative Assistant. Although it may not seem as advanced as some, I am content with my progression as it has offered me a manageable pace."

Manager
Answer example

"I agree, I should have seen further career advancement; however, my current organization is a smaller company where the department heads are family members. I do not believe it to be nepotism - simply, I work in a smaller family-run environment and have been there for the past six years. I look forward to furthering career growth with your organization."

Marketing
Answer example

"Early in my career, I was left to care for an elderly, sick parent. Her care required more of me than expected, so I allowed my marketing career to sit and wait. I am happy with that decision. Spending those last precious moments with a loved one is worth the setback."

Retail
Answer example

"I feel that being loyal to the company that has groomed my retail sales career is more important than fast and false growth. I am happy with the progression that my career has offered so far but, yes, I am now ready for advancement."

Sales
Answer example

"It certainly appears that way. However, the compensation structure in the position above mine is not as lucrative. I have been offered a promotion numerous times, but I know full well that my earning potential is greater where I am now."

Teacher
Answer example

"Advancement in the education realm is a funny thing. I quite like the classes that I teach and, yes, I could advance; however, that would require uprooting my family and moving which I am not willing to do. For myself, being content is more important than the advancement shown on my resume."

Laboratory Assistant
Answer example

"I agree with you that my career progression has been slower than some. You will see that between 2005 - 2009 I worked for the same company without an increase in my job title. The company was too small to offer a promotion to me as the next level was directorship which I didn't have the educational credentials for. After this, from 2009-2012 I was on leave as I needed to care for my ailing parents. The growth since returning to work has been steady but those years were a bit of a standstill for me. I am ready to spring into action now, and forge ahead in my career as a lab assistant."

News Director
Answer example

"Although it has taken me 10 years of my career to get to this position, I have always wanted to be a news director. After working in news and holding high up positions in news offices throughout the country, I believe I have all the qualifications necessary to make a good news director. Although it has taken me so long, I believe it was necessary to make me the perfect fit."

Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Answer example

"I agree with you that my career progression has been slower than some. You will see that between 2001 - 2009 I worked for the same company without an increase in my job title. The company was too small to offer a promotion to me as the next level was ownership and the business wasn't for sale. After this, from 2009-2012 I was on leave as I needed to care for my ailing parents. The growth since returning to work has been steady but those years were a bit of a standstill for me. I am ready to spring into action now, and forge ahead in my career."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 01/05/2017
Last modified on: 08/10/2018

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