Common Entry Level Interview Question – Why Did You Choose This Field?
You’re fresh out of college or high school. You apply for an entry level job somewhere. You get a call for an interview. You go to that interview. It will be your first time working in that field, and companies want people that are going to stick around. Naturally, this leads many companies to wonder why you chose that field. Here are the wrong answers:
- My mother told me to do it.
- You make a lot of money.
- I have no idea. I just did.
- You have lovely eyes.
- I needed a job to support my several unborn illegitimate children and you guys were hiring.
- I really wanted to go into art history, but I didn’t.
This is an intelligence based question, meaning there is no right answer, the company is simply looking to see that you supply some type of intelligent reason for your decision that the company can respect. Give them that reason.
“During high school I had a passion for English. I wanted badly to be a writer. I realized this job does not have much work that I’ll need to take home with me, so during my free time I should be able to work on my novel. It’s a story about a serial killing librarian and her quest for love. I call it ‘Long Overdue’”
“My professor in my intro to auditing course showed me strategies to make complex mathematics and uncovering hidden/lost deductibles not only enjoyable, but fulfilling every day. As soon as I completed his course I knew this was the field I wanted to be in. I enrolled that fall and have been studying advanced accounting ever since.”
You don’t need much of an answer. You simply need an answer that doesn’t make you look unintelligent or that you are only in it for the money. Focus on qualities about the field that the interviewer will respect and you should do fine.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Explain intelligent reasons for choosing the field.
- Stay away from “money,” “family,” and other reasons that are not impressive.