Some people have to experience what’s known as “academic gap” (or academic break down, as others would call it) due to several reasons, it could be that they had suffered an illness or faced financial constraints, which hindered them from graduating right away. If you had to go through an academic gap, it is nothing to be ashamed of…and definitely nothing that you should worry about when applying for a job.
Naturally, you would think that an academic gap would lower your chances of getting hired. But you need to realize that numerous students have also gone through an academic gap just like you and so as long as you know how to properly answer interview questions regarding this issue, it shouldn’t really be a hindrance to you getting the job that you want. Here are some tips to help you.
Tell the truth.
The best way to answer an interviewer when he or she asks about your academic gap is to just tell the truth. If you suffered from financial constraints, which caused you to stop schooling for a year or two, then do not be afraid to tell the interviewer about it. There is no point bluffing or lying to the interviewer about your reasons and they are likely to find out if you are being honest with them anyway so you might as well tell the truth.
The bottom line is, your academic gap should not be a reason for employers not to hire you. Not being able to go to school for a couple of years do not affect your qualifications and your skills. If you applied for a job previously and it turned out unsuccessful, you need to understand that the reason you did not get hired was because you failed to impress the employer and as a result, they didn’t think you were the most qualified person for the job. However, you need to sell yourself more during your interview. You should effectively showcase your strengths to the interviewer and make them see that you are the perfect candidate for the job.
If your application was turned down, keep trying. Send out more job applications to other companies and do not lose hope. Keep in mind that the academic gap has nothing to do with your failed attempts and you should never even consider it to be an issue. You might need to develop certain skills in order to stand a better chance at getting hired so assess yourself and determine what skills and competencies you need to work on before you apply to another company.