Lets go straight to the part you already have an interview invite
change your #mindset from “going for #Interviews” to “going for conversations”.
Don’t tighten up and forget how awesome you are. Don’t feel nervous about your #job #interview
You are going to have a #conversation about a potentially mutually beneficial partnership.
It takes courage to interview for a lateral career change, whether you’re a journalist moving into marketing communications or an Engineer making the transition to financial planning.
After all, you’ve got to hard-sell your transferable skills while showing that if you get the job, you’ll know how to go about filling your gaps in professional experience.
So we’d like to encourage your career change, in the form of experience-tested tips from folks who have sat on both sides of the desk for these particularly challenging interviews.
1.Sell Your Transferable Skills
Prepare to Talk About How You’ll Fill Your Gaps
No matter how much you know about your legacy occupation, when interviewing for a career change, you need to show you’ll be able to fill unavoidable gaps in knowledge required for your target field.
And although employers these days tend to present ever-longer lists of “required” job qualifications, most eventually show some flexibility. “In the real world, every candidate has a gap
2.Demonstrate the Value of Your Professional Network
In many lateral career changes, your professional connections will retain much of their value, so you should point that out to prospective employers.
3.Showcase Your Flexibility
Not everyone deals with change well. Companies will only take a chance on some new to the field if they’re confident the candidate can adapt to new workflows, priorities, and responsibilities. During the interview, make it clear that you’re comfortable with change by showcasing moments when you’ve dealt with unexpected adjustments, such as a new boss, changes in your job description, or even just moments when you’ve handled problems on the flyBe Prepared to Explain Why You’re Changing Careers
There’s no question that you’ll be asked during the interview process why you are shifting careers. Try to frame your move as being logical—develop a narrative that conveys why you’re making this career move. Your goal is to convey that you are not flighty, and will not seek to switch careers again. Employers are eager to hire candidates who will stick around.
Put the emphasis again on the qualities that are similar between the roles, and share what makes you feel excited and enthusiastic about your new career. Be careful to avoid being overly negative about your previous career. It’s fine to say that an industry is shrinking, or you feel there’s a lack of available opportunities, but don’t harp on the negative aspects
6.Why should we hire you? You haven’t got any experience in this role
Having already seen your CV before inviting you for an interview, Please know that your lack of experience isn’t a deal-breaker for your potential employer. Despite this, interviewers still love to ask the ‘why should we hire you?’ question. If you’re faced with these dreaded words at your next interview, don’t take it as a sign that it’s time to resume your job search – it’s not. Instead, this question gives you the perfect opportunity to showcase your transferable skills.
All the career advice in the world can’t bypass the fact that this is a question you need to prepare for before your interview. You can do this by breaking down your previous jobs. Get a piece of paper and write 10 or more tasks you did in each job. Also write down the things you accomplished.
7.Once you have a task-based version of your employment history in front of your eyes, write out a short statement that summarises the most relevant things you did in each job. This statement is what you will use to show the interviewer that despite first impressions, your work history lends itself really well to the career transition you’re making.
8.Why are you changing careers?
Whatever the reason for your career change or job change, the most important thing to remember is to answer the question in a non-defensive way that shows you’re 100 percent confident with your decision and not still harbouring uncertainty or emotional baggage about how and why you left your previous job.
How to answer it:
Don’t focus on what was wrong with your previous career, instead talk about what’s right with your new career. Describe how it’s a better fit for your values, aspirations and where you physically are in life right now. Again, mention the fact that your last career allowed you to develop transferable skills that are highly relevant to this new field and that you’re excited to take on a new challenge that builds on the foundation created by your previous jobs. In short, focus on the pull factors that are driving your job change.
9.How can you be certain that this role is for you?
This common question reflects the anxiety that career changers still trigger in employers. Millennials are the first generation to actively move from one field to another in search of the job that best suits them, so many employers remain unsure of how to handle career changers and question if they’re likely to move onto another role more quickly than other employees. And it’s a fully warranted concern, after all, no one wants to invest time and money into training an employee who starts a new job search six months into the role.
How to answer it:
The truth is that you don’t know how this job will work out, so avoid the temptation to make unrealistic promises about how long you will stay in the role. Instead, focus on showing the interviewer that the job isn’t something you applied for on a whim. Make it clear that your career change is something you’ve thought long and hard about, and that you’ve also made efforts to test the waters. Mention the research you’ve done into both the company and the role – from speaking to others with a similar role to shadowing, doing volunteer work, relevant hobbies and courses/training you’ve done.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
This question is often asked to check how well you understand the field you’re now entering and also to identify your level of commitment to your career change. Don’t be too suspicious though, it’s also a question that helps employers to learn more about your overall ambition.
How to answer it:
Do your research prior to the interview and make sure you understand the different positions that lie en route to the top of your field. You can then select an appropriately senior role as your five-year goal (demonstrating you are ambitious and see yourself in your new career on a long-term basis). It’s also important to make it clear that while this is an ambition, you are flexible and open to grabbing opportunities as they arise.
All the best