Interview Question: Can you explain why you changed career paths?

Career PathsMoving onto a different career path should never be a hindrance to success. Sometimes, you are left with no choice but to pursue what you really love, no matter how different your passion is from your current job. It’s a positive life decision when you act on it the right way. You should be able to answer questions regarding your career change when you’re in an interview.

Before going to the interview, it is important to take the time to prepare a strategy that will help you get rid of nerves and ace the interview. We’ve drafted some tips to guide you in how to answer the question professionally.

Prepare. Don’t just go to an interview without preparing for it. Spend time and effort learning about the company and the position you are applying for. Talk to some of your contacts and get insight on how to make the big switch. Explain to the recruiter why you’ve decided to make a career change and share the amount of background work you’ve done.

Don’t forget to research the organization’s background to indicate to the recruiter how interested you are in the job. Of course, it helps to read some press releases or articles online to give you an idea of what’s happening behind the scenes.

Show your versatility. Gather and take inventory of all the skills and strengths you’ve accumulated. Try to match the skills you have to the job, and be prepared to discuss these with the hiring manager.

Have a long-range goal in mind. Those who change careers are more likely to pursue the dream job they’ve always wanted. All it takes is confidence, together with action, to make that dream into reality. If you’ve switched careers to pursue your ultimate goal, don’t hesitate to explain this to the hiring manager. This will help the recruiters realize why you’re passionate about the job.

Have the confidence. Since you’ve decided to change careers, you want to avoid looking hesitant.On the same token, know the borderline between being confident and arrogant. Outlook and attitude can make or break the interview.

Changing careers is definitely a big decision.It’s important to promote how you can adapt to change easily. The more employers know about how flexible and adaptable you are, the more you’ll be valued in the workforce.

Read 21091 times Last modified on Thursday, 18 February 2016 18:08
Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.