“If your work were suddenly eliminated, what kinds of work do you feel prepared to do” is one of many informational interview questions. When an interviewer asks this, they are really trying to assess if you have a career plan in place. A career focused individual will have a plan past their current situation. To present yourself as such an individual, you want to make sure that you answer this question correctly.
Points to Emphasize
To paint yourself in the best possible light, there are a few things that you will want to do and points that you should emphasize.
- Name one or two types of jobs that you believe you could transition to.
- Show an enthusiasm and understanding for the need to be flexible.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
In properly answering this question, there are a few mistakes that you will want to avoid.
A great answer to a question such as this might sound like:
If my job as an administrative assistant were suddenly eliminated, I would feel prepared to take on a management position, such as human resource, logistics or project management. I believe that my current experience with related job tasks, such as communicating with clients, opening and closing the facility, and developing and writing reports, along with my knowledge from my Business Administration degree have equipped me with the necessary skills to successfully fulfill such positions.
Make sure that you provide an answer that sounds well thought out and that includes elements of the position you are applying for.