Often times we make interview questions much harder than they should be. We try to interpret the question or ask ourselves, “What does s/he really want to know?” This question is a perfect example of the interviewer wanting to know exactly
what s/he asked.
“Tell me about your driving record” is a simple solicitation for simple information. Follow these steps to build a solid answer.
- Recognize the question by saying something along the lines of “I’d be happy to do that” or “Certainly.”
- Establish a timeline for your review – three to five years should be sufficient. You might say something along the lines of “In the past three years . . .” or “If you were to check my driving history for the past five years, you would find . . .”
- Outline any offenses clearly and firmly – without apology or emotion. Joe Friday from Dragnet said it best, “Just the facts ma’am.”
Keep it simple and don’t try to hide anything. Stick to facts and if you have any objections, handle them – I’m sure you’ll see them coming from a mile away (pardon the pun).
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