Hiring managers are not idiots. Politicians are idiots. Celebrities are idiots. That dude that posted that one YouTube video – he’s a complete idiot. Hiring managers are not idiots. If you are a recent graduate, your interviewer isn’t going to expect you to have a variety of real world experiences that only seasoned professionals have. They are going to ask you job interview questions about your experiences during college. Don’t be surprised if your interviewer asks you about your favorite classes, and be prepared to give a good answer.
“My favorite subject was probably dance. I loved to dance. It was a nice break from all of my physics classes. Every day I’d show up and just dance away any stress I had from my previous physics finals.”
“My Matrix Algebra and Linear Analysis class was what inspired me to take advanced physicals. My teacher was interesting, friendly, informative and exciting, showing me a world in applied mathematics that I hadn’t before considered. Once in the physics department, ‘Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion’ was easily my favorite subject, which is what inspired me to apply to this position…”
What to Notice
When an employer asks you about your favorite subjects or your favorite classes, anything you mention should be related directly to the position you are applying for. Your field should be your passion. If you are asked for subjects, your main field of study as well as a related field should be mentioned. If you are asked about specific classes, describe classes that will impress your employers. “Psychology 101” will never be as impressive as “Advanced Statistical Methods in Psychology.” While Psych 101 may have inspired your love of psychology, “Advanced Statistical Methods” is going to get you a job in the field.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Keep answers related to the field of the job you are applying for.
- Look for specific classes that speak highly of your intelligence and knowledge.