500 Questions: About the Industry, Part One

Tell me a little about the field you work in and specifically what future do you see it having?

With either education or experience, you should certainly be prepared to answer a question that asks about the history of your field of work. Answer briefly and with confidence. Demonstrate experience and confidence. Give the interviewer strong answers that are relevant to the position you’re after.

What factors guided your career choice to work in this industry?

The interviewer is seeking to understand how involved you are with the career choice and how much time and effort you have expended in pursuing all avenues. Be prepared with specific knowledge of the type of organization and its background. Do your homework and be prepared to discuss the background of this particular association.

Are you familiar with the industry leaders and the trends they are taking?

This is an opportunity to show that you are knowledgeable about the field and its future potential. Talk about what you have read in periodicals, journals, newspapers, and on the Internet.

Tell me what you know about the history and future of our industry?

Your potential employer may want to know of your knowledge and interest in the industry. In some jobs, it may be critical that you keep up with the industry activities and trends.

Why would you be particularly good at this business?

Show how you keep up due to natural inquisitiveness, reading, and so on. Give a specific answer that demonstrates that you have sufficient natural interest to go that extra step and channel appropriate energy into your work.

Has technology affected you in any of your previous positions?

Today, in our society, there are few positions that have not been impacted by technological change. Your interviewer can find out what you know about technology and how you react to outside forces that trigger organizational change.

This field of work can be very difficult. What do you think are its most complex aspects?

Be sure you are well prepared to discuss the position, its field, as well as its background. That includes past, present, and future performance and challenges it may be facing.

This field of work can be very difficult. What do you think are its most complex aspects?

Be sure you are well prepared to discuss the position, its field, as well as its background. That includes past, present, and future performance and challenges it may be facing.

Why are you interested in working in this industry?

Illustrate why you feel passion for the type of work that you do and how it corresponds to the job for which you are interviewing. Give specific examples of the things that excite you.
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