/ Asked by Supreeth
What should be my answer for " what are you doing now?" in an interview, when i am still job searching from past six month after my graduation without doing any intern or any course in between.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015
You are definitely not the only job seeker in this situation so don't be afraid to give an honest answer. It is important to show that you are taking the initiative to find a job and are not sitting around waiting for something to come to you. If you aren't doing this already, I would encourage you to use your down time to network with other professionals and continue working a part-time job. If you have a part-time job that relates to your area of interest, great! If not, no big deal. Having some sort of part-time job shows your work ethic and will still look good to a recruiter. I think it's fair to say you are actively job seeking and working to build your network. If there is a trade organization or a young professionals group in your area, join these and let the recruiter know. The most important thing to remember when answering this question is to ensure your response shows that you are staying busy during your period of unemployment and actively searching to start your career.
Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Monday, January 4, 2016
Great question! I would highly suggest answering this question as honestly as you can while still maintaining professionalism. I would recommend maybe stating you have been taking this time to network and really research the right fit for you so you can find the best opportunity after graduation. You can also mention that you are utilizing this time after graduation to interview and spend as much time as you can finding the right fit for you. Hope this helps! 
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, January 6, 2016
This is a common question asked by interviewers and it is a good idea to have some key points to discuss when asked this question. I would suggest that you do not prepare a scripted answer, since you answer should be honest while still remaining composed. It is important that you give the recruiter the reasons why you are having a hard time finding a job, or why you have delayed your job search until now. Maybe you were looking for the perfect opportunity or you had secured a job before graduation but the company went bankrupt and now you are playing catch up. Searching for a job is not an easy task and interviewers will respect that. As you continue to job search you should increase your knowledge base about different industries, companies, positions and skills and this would be great to address while answering this question. If you have an area of weakness, such as time-management, you could incorporate ways to improve this skill in your daily life which would show the recruiter your personal development initiative. Good luck with your job search!
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