Interesting Interview Question: If This Field Became Obsolete, What Field Would You Choose to Go Into?
Computers will one day take over the world, using our useless corpses as sustenance to feed their artificially intelligent hard drives. Of course, this won’t all happen at once. It will happen gradually, as they take various jobs from not very hard working men and women like you.
Interviewers want to know what kind of a person you would be if you are not working in this field. So you should give them an idea. Make sure it’s a good one.
How to Answer
There is no wrong answer, but as usual your goal is to impress the interviewer. The most impressive answer you can give is research. Claim that without this field, you want to go into some type of research – ideally, research in the field.
“I think I would take up abstract art, because I like the idea of sitting at home in my underwear and throwing paints that I made out of stuff I found on the ground at a giant white canvas.”
“I would probably go back to school and go into research. Ideally, I would research marketing trends, because although the field may be obsolete, marketing information would be no less interesting, and could assist other fields like sales and business administration.”
Essentially, you are saying that if the field becomes obsolete, you’d find a job that is almost like being in the field anyway, except not. That’s a good way to show that you’d commit to a type of job, and the research component makes you sound intelligent.
Take Away Interview Tip
- Say you want to go back to school, get your Ph.D., and research the field.