How to Answer "Why Do You Want to Change Your Current Career Path?" In a Job Interview

How to Answer "Why Do You Want to Change Your Current Career Path?" In a Job Interview

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Why Hiring Managers Ask This Question

Making a career change can be an equally exciting and nerve-wracking time. Whether you've been feeling the gravitational pull to a new career for quite some time or you're making a pretty quick move, our advice is this: stay positive in your answer. Our other piece of advice is to fill in the gaps the hiring manager might be thinking 

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Why Hiring Managers Ask This Question

about by sharing your story behind the "why." Why are you changing careers? What specifically about this job or industry appeals to you and why? How long have you been considering this move? What have you done to fill any skills gaps and make sure your qualifications are a fit? Those are just some of the things the hiring manager might be 

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Why Hiring Managers Ask This Question

thinking but instead of answering like a robot, give them your answer via a story. The hiring manager is also asking this question to understand what type of person you are. Are you changing your current career path because your reputation is ruined at your last employer? You can get out ahead of these fears, hesitations, and possible 

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Why Hiring Managers Ask This Question

concerns by telling a story that connects the dots from what you've been doing to why you're making a career switch to a new job and/or new industry now. The last thing they want is to hire the wrong person for the job or hire a person who isn't intentional about growing their career in this new role.

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3 Different Ways to Answer the Question “Why Do You Want To Change Your Current Career Path?”

If You're Only Switching Industry "I love being a Project Manager and I've really honed my skills working at a fast-paced Fintech company, however, during Covid I became really passionate about healthcare. I'm looking to transfer my project management skills to a healthcare company that's using technology to make it more accessible for people.

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3 Different Ways to Answer the Question “Why Do You Want To Change Your Current Career Path?”

If You're Switching Job Function And Industry "I landed my current job through my college's career center and felt very fortunate to develop my career over the last 5 years in digital marketing and working at an agency has allowed me to work with a variety of clients.  Because of this, I'm very drawn to working in-house as an 

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3 Different Ways to Answer the Question “Why Do You Want To Change Your Current Career Path?”

account manager where I can continue to use my relationship-building skills to the benefit of one company and make a larger impact. I know my current career has prepared me well for this next step."

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3 Different Ways to Answer the Question “Why Do You Want To Change Your Current Career Path?”

If You're Only Switching Your Job Function "I've been working in consulting for 10 years as a recruiter and have had the opportunity to hire some of the best salespeople.  Through those hires and learning more about the skills required to be successful at sales, I feel I'm ready to make a career transition to a sales role. Some of the reasons 

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3 Different Ways to Answer the Question “Why Do You Want To Change Your Current Career Path?”

why I think making this transition from recruiting to sales right now are X, Y, and Z."

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