Asked by Katherine on September 10, 2017
Answered by Monica, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on September 13, 2017
Exploring and venturing into a career path unrelated to one’s main field of expertise is often exciting. Do research the position, organization, and industry well before your interview – in other words, be hyper-prepared for this interview. Allow your interviewers to feel your genuine enthusiasm to learn more about the industry or role, so that means being honest and straightforward. Instead of waiting for a question about your experience, bring it up first along with an explanation on your interest to break into this new field of work. If you have any degrees, certifications, volunteer experience, and other work experience; do find the technical skills and soft skills that you possess which could translate and transfer into the new field of work. Remember that an interview provides you an opportunity to ask questions, come out of the interview knowing more about this new career path you are exploring.
Ultimately, be honest, let them know that you’re looking for an opportunity and that you are enthusiastic and committed to learning independently as well as through work experience, to the challenges of becoming an expert in a field outside of your own, and to ultimately succeed and provide an outstanding level of service to their organization.
Answered by Natesa, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on October 18, 2017
Great question! This is becoming more and more prevalent in the work place as time goes on, and as undergraduate education programs evolve. Employers are looking for enthusiastic, knowledgeable employees that are willing to learn. For an interview, you will need to do research to understand the job and the organization. You do not need to know all the ins and outs of the position, but you should be able to thoroughly discuss what interests you about it and why. You should also be able to articulate how you ended up deciding on this career path, even though you have limited experience with it. If you can display your genuine interest in the job and the organization, and an ability to learn and grow once in the position, prior experience will not be the deciding factor.