Job interviews FAQs: Why Did You Choose This Career?
Tip: when you are getting ready for a job interview it's essential to prepare a precise answer to this question. Try to be honest and think what attracted you in this career path. Things like money, status and respect, aren't the answers that a potential employer would like to hear. So, you'll have to come up with an idea that shows real passion in the chosen industry. You could point out some aspects of your personality or interests that are connected with your career choice. Try to keep the answer brief (avoid telling long stories that lead back to your childhood), just focus on the main reasons of your choice and show true enthusiasm. Remember, this is a good chance to demonstrate the interviewer that you know what you want and that you are really interested in this profession.
Interviewer: Why did you choose this career?
Susan, 25, is applying for a position of a tour manager in a travel agency:
Travelling has always been my passion. I've visited more than 30 different countries so far and of course obtained relevant education in this sphere. When I organize tours and journeys, communicate with tour operators, accompany the tourists and manage all the travelling process I just feel that this is the best thing I can do in my life.
Jess, 29, is applying for a position of a nurse in a private hospital:
Well, many people say that I'm a very kind and helpful person. Probably it's just natural for me to help and support others. And there is no better way for me to do this than to work in a hospital. That's why choosing a career wasn't difficult for me, I always knew that this is where I belong.
Kevin, 32, is applying for a position of an employment lawyer in a legal consulting agency:
That's a good question. Choosing the legal profession is a very responsible choice. Since my early school years, I have developed a deep interest in protecting people and their rights. That is why choosing a career in law was an essential choice for me. I believe that by consulting and giving relevant advice to people who have legal difficulties we can make this world a better place.
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essential – necessary
precise – exact, clearly expressed
to come up with – to create, to produce
passion – something that causes enthusiasm
point out – draw attention to something, underline
brief – short
enthusiasm – feeling of excitement
this is where I belong – phrase that you can say to show that you feel you are in the right place and doing the right thing
career path – course of work
aspects of your personality – specific features of one's character
to accompany the tourists – to go with travelers as a companion
to manage – to organize
to obtain – to get, receive