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How long have you been looking for a job?

1 of 15 Stress Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on June 29th, 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

The interviewer would like to know if you have been looking for a job for quite some time or if you are new to the market. Talk to the interviewer about your job search. Have you been on the lookout for a long time? How successful has your search been? You can also ask the interviewer how quickly they are hoping to hire.

Professional Answer Examples
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"I have been on the search for perhaps a month or so. I am now just beginning to become more aggressive in my job search. How quickly are you looking to make a decision?"

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"I am a passive job seeker who is keeping abreast of opportunities that are right for me. I think it's best to look for a new position while currently working. It prevents rash decisions made out of desperation."

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"I have had my ear to the ground for new opportunities but have not been serious about a role until this opportunity came up."

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"Knowing my expected graduation date being this May, I have been looking for roles that will start this summer. The advanced timeframe has hindered my success a little bit, but I like to be on-the-ball rather than panicking for a job too late in the year."

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"I just started my search this week! Your job posting was the very first opportunity to catch my eye, and I feel so lucky to be here interviewing with you today!"

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"SaaS sales is a tough market so, knowing that I wanted to make a move in the new year, I have had my eye out for the past few months. I have alerts set up and probably apply to only 1/3 of the roles that come to my inbox."

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"I have been looking for a new job since this summer. I have been working as a substitute teacher and tutor in the meantime."

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: 01/10/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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