One of my clients had a pending interview.

I cross referenced their resume and LinkedIn profile.

The dates ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ match up.

When I posed the question, they became flustered, tried to circumvent the question, like any interviewer

I pressed to find the truth (better me than on the day).

It turned out my client had taken a year off to explore an entrepreneurial endeavour and was embarrassed it didnt work.

I coached them to reframe this:

โœI was at a phase of my career where I wanted to try something new (notwithstanding loving my โ€˜day-jobโ€™).

โœ ๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐˜€ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ (๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐—ฎ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ, ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†, ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€, ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐˜†-๐˜„๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€). 

๐Ÿ’ก๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐˜€๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐˜€/๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. ๐Ÿ’ก

๐Ÿ’ผ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐Ÿ’ผ

Ensure dates line up.

Always demonstrate your experience, positive attitude and how you will solve the companyโ€™s problem (why they are hiring for that position).