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How many years experience do you have in your field?

1 of 30 Telephone Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on November 11th, 2019 | 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 is trying to quickly gauge if you are qualified for this role, or not. If they have called you, chances are - you have something on your resume that they like. Most job postings will specify the number of years of experience that the employer is looking for but it's often a flexible number.

Let's say the interviewer is looking for five years experience in a specific field or skill, and you have 15 years. Avoid being labeled as overqualified by saying: "I have more than five years' experience in your direct field. My most recent position was similar to this role, and I was a top performer for the entire seven years of my employment there. I am eager to continue my path of success with your company."

Professional Answer Examples
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"I have more than five years' experience in your direct field. My most recent position was similar to this role, and I was a top performer for the entire seven years of my employment there. I am eager to continue my path of success with your company."

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"I have been working in an administrative position for approximately four years. I also spent a great deal of time helping my dad with his bookkeeping business as a teen. I was exposed to organizing files, making appointments, and double checking the details of his work before he passed it back to his clients."

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"I have over ten years of experience in my field, with seven years in your specific industry. Although I have a lot of experience I am always learning new management techniques to that, I can better myself and improve the productivity of my team."

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"I have six years of marketing experience, from freelance to inbound marketing coordinator, and now as a content manager. Before that, I worked in sales for a CPG company, so I understand the business from varying perspectives. I look forward to continuing to learn about how your organization operates."

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"I have been in the sales field since I was in high school, so for half of my life. I have worked my way up through the ranks from a part-time sales associate in various departments to assistant manager, to department manager. I know that I have learned much of what I need to succeed in this role and I look forward to exceeding your expectations as I gain even more knowledge."

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"I have three years of sales experience in a traditional setting, and have been selling in some capacity since high school in a retail environment, and as a bartender while putting myself through University."

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"I understand that you are looking for a teacher newer to their career. Although I have eight years' experience as a teacher, you will find that I am very open to learning new classroom techniques. I am a huge proponent of continued learning and pivoting my teaching style based on the needs of each classroom."

Home Health Aide
Answer example

"I have been a certified Home Health Aide for 8 years now. I started my career as an assistant and then worked my way into an independent role. Now, I feel that I am ready to be a team leader and take on more responsibility which is why your particular position interests me so much."

Answer example

"I have been coaching for two years, over these two short years I have discovered the positive impact I can have on athletes and I am looking forward to continuing that impact."

CNC Operator
Answer example

"I have been a CNC Operator for 4 years now. During University I completed a 1 year internship as a junior operator and have been with the same company ever since."

Internal Audit Manager
Answer example

"I have been an auditor for 3 years total and have completed all of the required education and certifications to qualify for a management role. I have proven leadership skills in my most recent role and am now ready to take those skills into a formal management type of position."

Swim Instructor
Answer example

"I started taking formal swimming lessons at the very young age of 3. I have been in lessons and then lifeguard training ever since. Also, I have experience as a competitive swimmer having training on the national team for 5 years."

Answer example

"One of the biggest problems I have run into has been an issue of loose skin and the difficulty that sometimes arises when trying to pull the skin taut enough to locate a vein."

Language Interpreter
Answer example

"I have a total of 8 years' experience as an interpreter. I began in 2008 as a volunteer interpreter for my school's student exchange program. My formal work experience includes 5 dedicated years as a paid interpreter."

Wildlife Officer
Answer example

"I have worked as an Wildlife Intern for (X company) where I was responsible for (X related duties). Since this internship, I have gained considerable experience working for (X company) where I managed (X related duties) and for (X company) where I was responsible for (X related duties). These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."

Answer example

"I have been in the painting business for 10 years. I started as an apprentice and have been working independently as a painter for 7 years now."

Child Care
Answer example

"I have been working with toddlers for the past 10 years. I am comfortable with all ages, from one to three years old and have learned about the developmental stages as well. From teething to potty training, I am good at working with supervisors and parents to help ease the growing pains. I worked as a nanny for all four years of college with two kids, ages one and three. We spent most of our time outside playing games and swinging on the swings. I like to keep out time positive and fun for the kids and I'm always open to trying new activities."

Answer example

"Between my training, apprenticeship and work experience as a journeyman, I have 8 years' total experience as a plumber."

Taxi Drivers
Answer example

"The part of my career that brings me the most stress is when the schedule is running behind due to lack of hustle on my teams part, or disorganization by dispatch. I like to be on time with my schedule to ensure that my passengers are taken care of."

Dental Hygienist
Answer example

"I have approximately three years' experience in your direct field; however, I have exposure to many similar job duties from my five years in position XYZ. I am well equipped to exceed expectations in this role."

Event Planner
Answer example

"I worked on a gala for a new non-profit organization as the event organizer. It was challenging because the board members wanted to be involved but didn't have a very realistic budget in mind, seeking donations for most aspects of the event, which can take more time. I made a point to be clear in communication with the team and the vendors and follow a timeline to make sure everything was accomplished by the deadline of the event. It's important to plan and structure the event based around a realistic budget from the very beginning. I was the only person on the team with experience, so I delegated the smaller responsibilities among the team and checked in to make sure everyone knew what they needed to do."

Physical Therapist Assistant
Answer example

"I have enjoyed my most recent position as a Physical Therapist Assistant because I work alongside a great Physical Therapist and we communicate well. Everyone on my team is focused on the same mission, to deliver quality care to all of our patients. I enjoy working with others because it is fun and challenging."

Answer example

"Bladder cancer begins in the cells that line the inside of the bladder. Although it typically affects older adults, it can occur at any age. Smoking is the #1 risk factor for the development of bladder cancer."

Radiation Therapists
Answer example

"I am trained and most comfortable in external beam radiotherapy, with about six years' experience in linacs and Cobalt-60 machines. With linacs, poor maintenance and breakdowns can affect patients a great deal, so it's essential that they are always well maintained. I can troubleshoot the machine and have trained junior techs on some of the more complex components as well."

Answer example

"I have enjoyed my most recent position as a paramedic, because I have a great partner and we communicate well. Everyone on my team is focused on the same mission, to deliver quality care to all of our patients. I enjoy working with others because it is fun and challenging."

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?"

Written by:

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.
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.
First written on: 06/29/2018
Last modified on: 11/11/2019

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