Answering the interview question: “How did you get your last position?” By Matthew Coppola

This is a very common question that always tends to come up and often, we can find ourselves unprepared.

Even though this is a small, but straight forward question, an employer, will ask this question because it gives them an understanding of countless different areas.

It helps them to visualise your job search process and what you do to find work and secure employment.

You can interpret this question in two different ways and need to ensure you cover all areas:

Firstly, you need to address how you found your last job, whether if it was through a recruitment agency, head-hunted, etc.

Secondly, you need to address how you got the job – how you persuaded your current employer that you were the best person for the position. A career is a pathway, a measure of your success in your field of expertise. It’s viewed differently to ‘a job’. A job is something that is more of a means to an end. A task/activity/project that needs to be performed. A career is something more, it can be multiple jobs but on the same path to maybe a promotion or greater industry expertise and skill level to the point that you are possibly leading others.

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Author: Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog

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