“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.
- Make sure that the positions you choose are related to the job you are applying for.
- Highlight your skills, training and abilities that would allow you to successfully take on the new position(s) you mention.
- 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.
- Do not provide a general answer that does not clearly identify a job that you would pursue; this could make you seem unfocused.
- Do not describe taking on a job that is exactly like your current position.
- Even if you would be disappointed, do not dwell on any distaste you might have towards having to switch jobs.
- Stay away from mentioning a new job that is in no way related to the position you are seeking.
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.