How to Interview for a Job in a New Career Path

JULY 22, 2010 | BY MICAH

Your job sucks.

Or maybe it doesn’t. Still, a lot of people find that when they break into the corporate world, the things that they used to be passionate about lose their excitement. To have a successful career you must love what you do, and if you don’t you may find that there is another career path that is more attractive to you.

Interviewing for a New Type of Job

When you are interviewing for a new field, you need to approach the interview differently. You will not have the same types of experience that other candidates have. You will have your own unique experiences from a different field altogether.

This can be to your advantage. The answers you give will be more unique and interesting. They will help you stand out from your competition. However, to be effective, you need to display two things:

  • Knowledge
  • Relevance

Displaying Knowledge

More than other applicants, you need to show that you have knowledge in the field. You must use the terminology, understand the software, etc. If you do not prove your knowledge of the field, any doubts about how well you can switch fields will be brought into the spotlight. Don’t simply wait for opportunities to show you have knowledge – try your best to drop evidence of knowledge into the conversation as often as possible.

Displaying Relevance

As you prepare for the interview, look back at your previous work experience and find ways to make them appear relevant for the new field. The more you can make it appear as though your past work experience has prepared you for the new role, the better job you will do showing employers you deserve it.

If you display knowledge of the field and make your previous work history experiences seem more relevant, you should have no trouble negating any doubts about your candidacy and winning over your interviewers.

Take Away Interview Tips

  • When applying for a job in a new field, do your best to show you understand the field and that your previous work experiences have prepared you for the new role, despite being unrelated.

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