. I see you have a gap on your resume. What did you do during this year/month/decade that you weren't working in this industry?

I see you have a gap on your resume.What did you do during this year/month/decade that you weren't working in this industry?

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Be as honest as possible when you answer, says Sarah Jelley, a strategy recruiter at Luminant Worldwide Corporation in New York City. While you needn't give every detail of what you did during that ''gap,'' don't be evasive. The interviewer just wants to get a better idea of who you are, what makes you tick, and how your experiences make you a good fit for the job. ''Tell the interviewer what you did, and emphasize what you got out of it, or what you learned,'' Jelley said. You may have been washing dishes in Tijuana for a year, but you also were learning another language and culture.