During a job interview you may be asked, “What does the company do to contribute to its employees’ professional development” or, “Are there programs I would be able to participate in in order to stay on top of current trends in the industry”
An applicant usually asks this question because he wants to make sure he can contribute to the company while simultaneously expanding his own learning related to the field. This can signal an employee who is invested in continued education and who has an understanding of the fluidity of a specialized field. He may not have the financial resources to expand his professional development himself.
Points to Emphasize
When you answer this question, you’ll want to think broadly, as professional development can come in many forms.
An applicant who wants to continue his professional development will most likely be committed to performing well on the job.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
You may not know how to answer if you’re not prepared for this question. To avoid mistakes and pitfalls, follow these guidelines:
The applicant is most likely showing initiative by asking this question, so avoid any answers that may make him question the position.
A good example of an answer to a question about professional development is as follows:
We believe in the importance of professional development, and we offer a variety of programs and initiatives. All of our employees participate in advanced training through weekend workshops that are held four times a year. We also offer an education stipend for anyone who wishes to take classes related to the field at the local college.
No matter what types of contributions the company makes, a company that invests in its employees are usually able to retain them long term.