In an interview it is critical that you present yourself in the best possible light. You should do your research on both the position and the company so that you are familiar with the job-specific questions that might be asked, as well as so that you can tailor your answers to common questions. You can expect for there to be questions related to the schooling or training that you have received. Your ability to relate your education to the position can weigh heavily on the interviewer’s decision about you and your ability to fulfill the position. As such, there are a few tips that you can apply when answering questions about your education.
One of the quickest ways to get off track with your interview is to not answer a question or not fully answering it. This can make you look unknowledgeable or untruthful, which can reflect negatively upon you. To avoid this, take a few moments to digest the question so that you can craft a complete, intelligible answer. There is not one specific question that interviewers will ask about your schooling; in fact, there is a good chance that they may ask more than one question on the topic. You want to be sure to provide a unique, well thought-out answer each and every time. One easy way to help you make sure to fully answer the question and to answer it correctly is to incorporate all parts of the question into your answer. For example, when asked, “What training have you received within the field?” you could state, “I have received this specific training within the field.” If there are several parts to a question, make sure that you remember and address each part in your answer.
In an interview it can be easy to begin to ramble, especially when you begin to speak about something that you are passionate about. However, it is important that you remain cognizant of your purpose and streamline your answers to that said reason. Make sure that you stay focused on the purpose by creating a clear correlation between your education and the position. Showing that you are knowledgeable about the job that you are applying for and the duties associated with it is important. Therefore, you have several angles to apply your background:
- The particular duties of the job
When you have a clear understanding of the position and the goals of the company, you will be able to properly develop a relation between your education and the needs of the position. Make sure that you take some time before your interview to map out several different ways that your particular knowledge connects you to the position and would make you a good fit. This creates a strong argument for you and can possibly help to make you stand out amongst other applicants.
It is one thing to just say that you can do something, but it is another to be able to prove it. Most of the time in an interview you will not have time to physically demonstrate your skills, so it is critical that you verbally express your ability to perform a task. Therefore, it is important to give examples of how you have been able to apply your training in previous positions. If you have not had job experiences yet, share examples where you have used your knowledge in other situations, be it in your personal life, school or organizations and associations you belong to. For example, even if you did not get a degree in marketing, if you have developed sales campaigns in your position as a sales associated, that incident serves as your knowledge base. You would want to clearly detail your role in the campaign and the positive impact your efforts made. This not only gives proof to your statements, but also shows experience, which is very beneficial.
There is not one specific formula for properly answering questions related to your education. However, there are certain elements that you will want to be sure to include. Make sure that you fully understand and address the question, providing a relation between your knowledgebase and the position, as well as supporting evidence in the form of examples. If you do these things, you will provide a proper answer every time.