Tough Interview Questions: In What Way Has College Prepared You for Your Career?

Answering this question requires you to think past the surface but you have to give them the surface answer.  The surface answer is, “Well, the obvious thing to me is that it gave me an understanding of the fundamentals that will be helpful in my career.  It gave me a knowledge of the subject, a knowledge of the history of this… something along those lines where you appear as though you’re being contemplative by pausing, thinking, reflecting in a certain way.  

So, let me just repeat that part of the answer.  “It kind of gave me an understanding of the fundamentals.  I don’t want to say that he gave me a complete knowledge because it hasn’t; I have a lot more to learn.  However, it gave me an understanding of the fundamentals that I would need for this career.  Also, in the course of being in school, I carried a pretty heavy workload.  So, I learned the importance of prioritizing. I worked in teams with people.  So, I learned how to work with others.  I also had opportunities to practice leadership skills.  I learned how to motivate people to do what they said they wanted to do but just weren’t doing.  At the same time, my university (and maybe this isn’t the case for you; if it is don’t say it) they required that we carried 2 extra courses along the way, in my major.  As a result, I’m used to carrying a pretty heavy load.  In working my way through all the stuff .so… “

So, again, the fundamentals of prioritizing, being a team player, leadership, and finally and carrying a heavy workload and prioritizing my way through it.  So, that’s the right answer to that question.  I encourage you to frame it in your way with your language, but that’s the fundamentals I would work with.


Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020



Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1800 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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