Interesting Interview Question: Did You Get Into the Field By Choice or By Accident?
There are many things that can shape/affect your career choices. You may be passionate about the field. You may have done it because it appeared like it would make you good money. Maybe your parents made you do it or it was the only field that would give you a scholarship.
Interviewers are often curious about how a new employee – especially a young employee – chose their career path.
How to Answer:
Interestingly, both “by choice” and “by accident” are acceptable, provided you can back them up with a solid reasoning. If you went into the field by choice, explain what attracted you to it. If you got into the field by accident, explain the situation and what you realized you loved about the field. Make sure you have positive things to say about the field and don’t make any statements that would make you seem less than adult (“my parents suggested I try it out…”).
“I got into this field sort of on accident. I applied for a job at a local research company, but instead of putting me in the research field, they had me help out with marketing, and I’ve been here ever since.”
This is an inadequate answer because it doesn’t explain why you like it or why you stayed. Only that you’re just doing it for the hell of it.
“I actually started in this field by accident. I was hired to work in the research department of a local data collection company, but they needed my help in the marketing department right after I was hired. As soon as I started in marketing, I realized I loved it. I seemed to have a knack for understanding human behavior and reaching target markets, and I liked the combination of my research experience with the day to day tasks of the business world.”
It’s essentially the same answer, but you have provided a solid reasoning that will allow the interviewer to strongly believe you are committed to the field.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Both choice and accident are acceptable answers.
- Make sure you back up your reason with positive things to say about the field.