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How many years experience do you have in your field?

This question has been answered 18 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

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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."
Admin answer example
"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."
Basic 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."
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."
Dental Hygienist answer example
"The interviewer is trying to quickly gauge if you are qualified for this role, or not. If they have invited you for an interview, 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 so, be prepared with that information. 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 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 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."
Housekeeper answer example
"The interviewer wants to hear how many total years of experience you have. Begin by sharing how many total years you have held the title of Housekeeper. Next, share how many years of cleaning experience you have in addition to this. You may have janitorial experience, residential experience, or commercial experience to add."
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."
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."
Manager answer example
"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 answer example
"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."
Merchandiser 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?"
Painter 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."
Phlebotomist answer example
"I have 5 years experience drawing from geriatric patients. My current position is traveling to various senior centers to perform draws."
Plumber answer example
"Between my training, apprenticeship and work experience as a journeyman, I have 8 years' total experience as a plumber."
Retail answer example
"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 answer example
"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."
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."
Taxi Drivers answer example
"I have been a professional driver for 10 years. I started out as a bus driver in my town and have been working for a bus company in the city for 5 years now."

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How many years experience do you have in your field?
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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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Not enough. Its never enough.
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As a teller none but as a customer service over 10yres.
4.
I personally dont wear true religion but all the men in my family do and I understand why. The jeans are luxury comfortable jeans. Each item sold at True Religion is of quality and worth.
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Since my brother introduced me to them around 3/4 years ago.
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I have been wearing true religion since I was younger, my parents always brought me their jeans.
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I would honestly say, since I was 13 in the 6th grade. They became really popular. I've always been a fan.
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I have one year of in school experience.
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No prior experience entry level position.
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It will depend on my ability and background situation if I feel good by myself I can work more than 12 hour but I feel bad that work become tedious to me.
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I have always had an interest in hands on job fields, and took my interest a step further 2 and a half years ago when I decided to make a career of this.
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I've been a painter for almost 12 years..
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I am currently training to be a paint and decorater.
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If you count painting and decorating a small wall for a month, then ive been a painter for a month.
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5 years in practice and now I am happy to say that I have exactly 2 years of professionalism so in total, 7 years experience.
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I've been painting for 13 years, since I was 15
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I have been a painter for 5 years.
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I have some minor knowlage dealing with home plumbing.
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3 years training at york college.
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I have a national craft certificate in plumbing and pipe fitting which is done I 4 years.
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5 years experience in plumbing.
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10 years experience in dubai.
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10 years experience in building works.
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I have 12 years with two different company.
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3 year experience i.
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I have 10 years expeience in plumbing.
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I have done my 4 years training and 2 years a profetional plumber.
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2 years I harked for the cities water department for a year and worked as maintenance for our apt complex.
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9, yars bilding works.
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I dont have any years experienced as a plumber.
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5 years and around six months.
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10 Years not only plumbing but also with installation, operation and maintences of RO machine.
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Ive done 4 weeks work experience.
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I have 10 yrs plumbing expierience.
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I have 2 years experience.
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10 years currently specific in plumbing.
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I have a year and half of experience, but since I was working for a very small business, I went on almost every job no matter what the job was. So I have learned and seen a lot in that year and a half.
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Two years experience.
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I have 10 years teaching agriculture and ten years industry experience in broad acre cropping.
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Winning contest and designing and making projects.
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I have always been involved with it one way or another throughout my life. Growing up, I always had a strong interest in tractors and that continued through high school and college. My freshman year of high school I began working at a local greenhouse and gained a lot of knowledge there and for almost the last four years I have been involved in the equipment industry, having the opportunity to work at two different dealerships getting to work on several different types of equipment.
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I have spent 25 years in the equine industry. 5 years at Michigan State obtaining my B.S. In Animal Science. 4-5 years in 4-H and over 8 years in High School Equestrian Teams.
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I have been privileged enough to have been raised on a show farrow to finish hobby farm, that lead me to cultivate a passion for the industry. Due to this passion, it has led me to have have experienced.
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I had one year experience as a primary school Teacher.
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Approximately 5, including some time in veterinary hospitals as well as working in a barn with larger livestock.
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I began show animals as a child at the age of 8 and have continued my involvement throughout the years.
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All of my life I have been involved in agrucultre. From teacheing, learning and running my own production farm.
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10 plus years.
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Tow and half year.
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I have 6 yrs & 2 months experience in this field.
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Wellhed platform if pressure is low what is happen.
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I have an experience as a Receptionist at a small motel in Indonesia (Biak Papua). I was responsible for supervising housekeeping, and ensuring the quality their work. When we were short-staffed, I helped with their tasks. I am extremely skilled in dealing with customers, ensuring client satisfaction and getting along well with others.
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I have been a housekeeper for a little over 1 year and a half.
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5 years at tees esk and wear valley foundation trust.
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I have no relevant working experience, but I will work hard.
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Not too long about 5 months.
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Almost a year and some months.
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Almost a year and some months.
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I haven't been one professionally, I've only cleaned at my house and my sister's.
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I have not been in Housekeeper.
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I am a catering assistant and a cleaner.
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I have never work in a company house keeping . But I keep my house spotless . I clean my mom house for money.
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I have been not been employed as a housekeeper before however I have had housekeeping routines in my last job keeping the front service area of a supermarket clean, tidy and safe for customers.
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I have been a housekeeper 1 year.
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This will be my first job but I have had experience in an assisted living facility helping the residents with cleaning their rooms making beds changing trash and more.
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I have not had a housekeeping role before, but I have experience in office cleaning, retail store cleaning and COSHH regulations. I also regularly clean my nans house every week.
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Never done housekeeping for a company.... But I have to clean my own house all the time.
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I have worked as a housekeeper for almost three years.
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About a year and some months.
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I have no professional experience but I have personal experience would say 10 years.
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I have worked 21 years as a house keeper.
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I have been a homemaker/housekeeper for the last 20 years.
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I have been a housekeeper/homemaker for the last 20 years.
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I have been interested in dealing cards since high school because I am a huge fan of card games.
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Since childhood I have been aware of these kinds of games and it is intended for fun and relaxation.
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I'm interesting in dealing cards since I was in high school . I'm fan with fun cards.
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As long as the company will hire me.
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Since I was a child I like cartoon card I love to..
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Since I was a child. I was interested in how my relatives used the cards and playing with them. Sometimes, I just watch from the side and observe their games.
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Since my friend introduce it to me.
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As said I've been interested since day one that I stepped into the casino for my interview with security and saw how fun and engaging it looked to be with the guests. I'm a people person, and to top it off I loved the fast paced nature it seems to have and how focused you have to be. It is definitely my kind of job.
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I have been an auditor for 3 years. Internal audit is the field where we can learn new work. There is always scope for innovation.
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I have been an auditor for five years and I have supervised one staff person which has allowed me to oversee their work product and give feedback.
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I have been an auditor for 1 year and the understanding and the experience I have gained made me to realize that I am ready for the next level.
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- 20 years including 10 years in the management role.
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7 years. The experience in handling a team and directly reporting to the management and executives.
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Fresher just being a final student and have a article-ship experience of 3 years. Professional skepticism.
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Ten years. My experience in both internal and external audit at management level has prepared me for further roles as an audit manager.
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I am an auditor since past 6 years.I have handled work allocation, back up allocation since 4 years now.I have mentored the team guided them to improve gave their feedback to my manager .And have been continuously giving feedback to the team on how to improve on work and professional ethics.
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I have been an auditor for 7 years. Internal audit is the field where we can learn new work. There is always scope for innovation.
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Internal auditor for 6 years. Being able to handle difficult situations with different levels of staff, not being able to get the information first time and staying focused to gathering the information required. and the experiences.
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I started in 2001 as an intern at a professor of Arthur Andersen.
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My whole career. Experience and IIA training.
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I've been an auditor for 8 years, and I've naturally moved on from auditing to improvement and managing change and taking people with me, leading the way.
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This is my second year and yes it has prepared me for a manager role because I am involved in most of strategic session and meeting.
96.
I have been an auditor for over seventeen years. My experiences in the various organisation and my academic qualifications has prepared me for the role.
97.
I have had a four years experience as an auditor and this has exposed me to a number of challenges which I have been able to summont.
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11 years and I have been supervising teams of auditors.
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10 years. Previously managed 8 persons remotely. Mentored and managed audit teams of diverse cultures.
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Over 7 years. I have been given a chance to manage clusters at different levels both as a supervisor and assistant manager and being accountable for the teams I lead.
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I have been a lead auditor for over 6 years. I have the experience and expertise in leading audits from end to end. I can delegate; I can manage resources; I can follow-up and provide regular communication and status updates to ensure audit objectives are met.

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