Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, October 17, 2016
Yes, you can bring up hardships that you have overcome to explain spots on your resume. Discuss what you have learned from your experiences and how it has made you into the awesome person you are today. Let them know that because of these adversities, you are more dedicated, more determined, and more resilient which gives you the strength to handle challenges at work and produce results.
A good way to bring this up during the interview might be when the interviewer asks you questions like, “What qualities/experience you can bring to the job?” and “How did you handle stressful or challenging situations/projects at work?” You can then respond with a work related situation and also include your personal situation. Discuss what you learned from the experience and that it has made you more successful and a better employee.