Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Monday, June 12, 2017
Simply put, if asked, you explain it exactly as it is – I graduated in January and have been spending my time searching for a position that will be the right fit. What you DON’T want to do is make an excuse or attempt to create a story to explain yourself. Remember, the person you are likely speaking to, a hiring manager, recruiter, etc., has also gone through a job search and knows the process and should understand once you fill them in. Not every student receives an offer straight out of school, and that’s okay. What I would lean on in this type of conversation is explaining what you have done during this time instead. Be prepared to talk about your efforts in searching for a position and any other efforts to support yourself or grow personally and professionally in the meantime. Honesty is always the best policy!