In What Ways Is Your Occupation Changing?

When interviewers ask, “In what ways is your occupation changing” and questions like it, they want to see how knowledgeable you are of the position and what skills you will bring to fulfilling such a job. As such, it is important that you demonstrate your knowledge and aptitude in your answer.

Points to Emphasize
In properly answering this question, there are a few points that you should emphasize and things you should do.

  • Clearly state the uniquely different qualities of the job you are applying for.

  • Identify any common qualities that are shared between the new position and jobs you have held in the past.

    • Highlight your ability to fulfill the needs of the position.
  • Show enthusiasm for the opportunity to take on the new position and confidence in your ability to properly fulfill the needs of the job.

    Mistakes You Should Avoid
    Improperly answer this question can make you seem unknowledgeable. Here are a few mistakes that you should avoid.

    • Do not just make up an answer .
  • Stay away from harping on new job duties and responsibilities that you would not be fond of.

  • Even if you feel the positions are closely related, do not try to breeze over the question.

  • Do not mention any lack of training or experience in certain aspects of the position.

    Sample Answer

    An answer to the question about how your occupation is changing, you could state something along the lines of this:

    In going from a customer service to store management position I see my occupation expanding. There are strong correlations, such as service to others, clear communication, data tracking and problem solving skills, that must be implemented. There are also those new elements, such as personnel and product management that I have been studying and feel prepared to undertake.

    Make sure that your answer shows a true understanding of the required skills and those that you possess, and you are sure to leave a positive, lasting impression.

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