When an interviewer asks, “Why did you choose your major” it can be easy to get flustered, especially if you come from a liberal arts background where career goals are not as obvious. What the hiring manager really wants to know is how much thought and effort you put into your career goals. Use this question as an opportunity to showcase your relevant natural talents as well as your learned skills. If your major doesn’t necessarily apply to your position, focus on how what you learned transfers or applies to the job. An education is invaluable, so if you answer carefully, you will be able to convince the hiring manager that your degree will help you fulfill your duties.
If you can turn the process of choosing your major into a positive anecdote, you are probably answering the question well.
There is not a right or wrong answer to this question, so just answer honestly and professionally.
You may have picked a major because your scholarship only covered certain tracks, but that doesn’t mean you should mention this in your interview.
Even if you had few options, you chose to finish the degree so find the positives from that decision. Focus on them in your response so the hiring manager feels confident that you are an enthusiastic candidate.
Here is an example of a good answer to the question, “Why did you choose your major”
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, so I thought my school’s professional writing program would help me figure out what niche would be best for me. I soon found that I wanted to be involved in editing and publishing, so I worked in several related internship programs. Now, I feel comfortable taking my next step into the professional world of publishing.
Remember, the hiring manager simply wants to know how much time you put into your career options. Take the time to summarize your thought process and why you think the industry is best for you. Don’t forget to highlight the skills you’ve learned and the knowledge you gained.