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How long have you been looking for a job?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

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
General
Answer example

"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?"

Admin
Answer example

"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."

Manager
Answer example

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

Marketing
Answer example

"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."

Retail
Answer example

"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!"

Sales
Answer example

"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."

Teacher
Answer example

"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 an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/10/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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