What have you been doing since your last job? This is a straightforward question to answer, and its best again to just be honest. If you have been out of work for a period of time, explain why, and try and show what gainful activities you have been doing in the meantime. Show that you don’t just sit about and do nothing during free time. This question will show that you look for things to occupy yourself with. So you can use all kinds of examples such as the following.
“Since I left my last job I have been scouring the job market for a suitable position to come up. Most people told me to go out and apply for anything and everything but I really only want a job I know I can last in. So I have been doing research on companies that fit my skill set and seeing where they have vacancies. I have also been spending some of the time doing an online learning course as I felt my math skills could do with a little sharpening. I really don’t like down time so I was pleased to be able to do that. I also joined a gym and have been visiting there daily to try and get myself a little fitter, and if offered the job I would be walking to work each day.”
“Since I left my last job I have been volunteering at a local charity shop to keep myself busy, after all, what is the point of sitting at home doing nothing when I can be doing some good for the world? It gave me some extra experience as they use a different till system to my previous store, but it has been fantastic being able to keep myself occupied and help and learn all at the same time!”
“Since I left my last job I have been recuperating. I had to leave due to illness, and have been concentrating on getting myself well again. As my previous job was very technical I have been keeping myself up to speed with the latest developments via the internet. I also set up a blog dedicated to mobile phones so that I could stay abreast of the latest user problems and issues, so that when I was physically well enough to get back into the workplace, I wouldn’t have so much mental fitness to regain. I found doing the blog kept me socialised with the tech type people I missed through not being at work, and so I also made a lot of useful new contacts through networking in that manner. So although I wasn’t employed, I utilised my time as gainfully as possible, and I am ready to hit the ground running!”
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