I have one year gap in my academics, can I mention it during my interview or can it spoil my impression?

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I won’t suggest deliberately bringing it into the discussion by you unless it’s a strategy to score positive points. If the interviewers ask ( which they may, chances are high), be well prepared to answer the same.

Display confidence, do not be apologetic about it. Be enthusiastic and honest. Explain the circumstances honestly and then explain how did you utilize this gap in your personal growth, learning, gaining confidence, completing a life’s important task, or anything positive. Try to present it in a manner that it looks positive and while explaining. Try to convince that you have learned to come back after falling and this has given you life’s great lessons.

You may be able to convert a negative into the positive impression that in spite of facing challenges in life, you can come back and are confident to overcome


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