"I see that you have several lengthy gaps in your employment history. Is that an ongoing pattern that I need to be concerned about?"
ANSWER: "I have taken some time away from the traditional workplace to care for young children and later my aging parents. But during those times I continued to be involved in the industry by being an active member of the leading professional organization as a committee member and officer. Those contacts helped me stay abreast of cutting-edge issues and continue to contribute papers at conferences. I no longer have those obligations and I remain committed to furthering the profession and the initiatives of my employer."