If you have been interviewed before, you have most likely been asked to “Walk me through your resume.” It might seem repetitive since the interviewer has a copy of your resume, but the question serves a purpose.

The key to answering this question is to understand why the employer is asking it. “Walk me through your resume” is a conversation starter that gives the interviewer a more in-depth look into your background and skills.

Tips for answering “Walk me through your resume.”

  • Keep your answer short. Provide important or additional details but keep your response to two minutes or less. Rambling for 10 minutes is a great way to lose the interviewer’s attention or interest.
  • Share details that aren’t on your resume. If you accomplished something special or hit an important goal, this is your chance to share it with the interviewer.
  • Tailor your answer. Mention specific accomplishments or experience that line up with the position you are interviewing for. If the job is in the medical field, talk about things you learned or excelled at in a previous position in that industry.
  • Acknowledge resume gaps. Be open about any large gaps in employment history. Be brief, direct, and positive in your explanation.

Walking yourself through your resume is a great way to prepare for an interview. While you don’t want to sound too staged, this will allow you to think carefully about what to share. You can also time your answers to see if you are providing too much or not enough detail.

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