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How many years experience do you have in your field?

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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 amount of years 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 only three years: "I have approximately three years' experience in your industry; 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."

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."

How many years experience do you have in your field?
Answer example

"I have approximately three years' experience in your industry; 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."

Admin

"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."

Manager

"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."

Marketing

"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."

Retail

"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."

Sales

"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."

Teacher

"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."

Dental Hygienist

"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."

Home Health Aide

"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."

Phlebotomist

"I have 5 years experience drawing from geriatric patients. My current position is traveling to various senior centers to perform draws."

Internal Audit Manager

"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."

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How many years experience do you have in your field?
1.
As a teller none but as a customer service over 10yres.
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Not enough. Its never enough.
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I have over 4 years of paraprofessional experience in IT and almost 5 years in banking. I have over 8 years of customer service experience.

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