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07/09/2020

【面試難題】被問「工作空窗期」點答好?多個範例教你大方、霸氣回應!

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  不少人都會有「工作空窗期」,而每個人的原因或許都不一樣。有些人極力追求work-life balance,會選擇每工作幾年就自製一個空窗期,休息一段時間「回氣」;有些人為了增值自我,特意空出一段時間來學習和進修;亦都有一些人是因為家庭因素,例如需要照顧家中老人家或小朋友,所以被迫暫時停止工作。

 

  其實,無論你是基於甚麼理由導致有「工作空窗期」出現,你都務必清晰明確的告知僱主,現在的你已蓄勢待發,可隨時全力投入工作,並且擁有「非常良好的工作態度」。這一來可避免僱主質疑你的工作能力,二來可給予僱主信心,讓他不用擔心你隨時有需要放大假或辭職。

 

  以下,筆者將爲大家提供解釋「工作空窗期」時應遵循的步驟,另外亦準備了一些相關的範例,教你如何大方應對提問,提出充分的解釋得來而不失霸氣!

 

Some sample reasons:

 

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• Caring for a young child

照顧年幼的孩子

• Caring for a sick family member

照顧生病的家庭成員

• Any medical or health issue

任何醫療或健康問題

• Pursuing further education or going back to school

繼續進修或重返校園

• Pursuing any other type of professional training

從事各種專業培訓

• Taking time off to travel, study, work on a solo project, etc.

騰出時間去旅行、學習,或專注個人項目等

• Trying to start a business or freelance career

嘗試創業或從事自由職業

• Your former company downsized its staff in an attempt to cut costs, and you had to spend time finding a job after being laid off

前公司為了削減成本而裁員,你被解僱後需要花時間找工作

 

  預備好充分的理由後,可遵循以下的步驟解釋自己的「工作空窗期」:

 

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Step 1:

 

Explain the situation clearly but briefly. They don’t need a ton of personal details. Just give them the core facts.

(清楚且簡短地說明該情況。不需要描述太多個人信息,只需告訴對方核心内容。)

 

Step 2:

 

Show that the situation has ended or is no longer a factor, so they won’t be worried you’ll have to take another break from working. If they hire you, they want to know you’re 100% ready to work for them.

(説明該情況已經結束或不再是一個問題,從而讓對方知道他們不必擔心你再次需要另一個break。此外,你可告知面試官自己已經100%準備好投入該職位。)

 

Step 3:

 

Reiterate your interest in their position and bring the focus back onto this job interview and this position.

(重申你對該職位的興趣,並將重點重新放在此面試和職位上。)

 

應對範例:

 

Step 1:清楚且簡短地說明該情況

 

“I had to resign from my previous position to care for an aging family member. I did this for the past year. ...... 

(上年,由於需要照顧年長的家人,我不得不辭職。)

 

Step 2:説明問題已經解決

 

...... Since then, I have hired a full-time caregiver, so I no longer need to be present, and am fully available to work now and in the future. ......

(後來,我聘請了一名全職護理員,因此,我不再需要在家照顧老人家。現在和將來,我都能投入工作。)

 

Step 3:重申自己對該職位的興趣

 

...... Therefore, I’ve begun job searching and I’m focused on finding an executive assistant position that will help me advance my career further now."

(因此,我開始尋找工作,並專注於尋找執行助理這職位,這將幫助我進一步發展自己的事業。)

 

更多應對範例:

 

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• “I was laid off (被解僱)ten months ago. I started my job search immediately after, and I’m looking for sales manager positions now to continue advancing my career. I’ve had a number of interviews but haven’t found the right fit (找不到合適的)yet. One thing I’m looking for is a chance to mentor (指導)and train team members and manage a team directly. I saw that mentioned on the job description (職位簡介)for this position. Do you mind telling me more about that?”

 

• “I spent some time as the primary caretaker in my family. During that time, I was able to be there for my family but always knew I wanted to return to work. I’m ready to do that now.”

 

• “My former employer underwent a restructuring (重整結構)and my position had been eliminated(取消/廢除). To be honest, it was a difficult time. But I left with the confidence that I had developed important skills there and built strong relationships with my managers and colleagues. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to apply those experiences in my next job.”

 

• “I was able to take some time off work to focus on myself. It was a time that prepared me to take on new challenges(迎接新挑戰). I’m incredibly excited about the opportunities that lie ahead(即將到來的機會), such as this position.”

 

 

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