Do you have an upcoming job interview? Check out my example answer to the interview question: “Why did you choose your major?” This interview question is often asked for entry-level jobs or internship positions. Down below you can also find some useful interview tips!
The reason why interviewers ask this question is to find out if the candidate made a conscious decision and is genuinely passionate about the major. To structure your answer, share why the major fits your skills and interest, and how your previous experience (e.g. internship) and passion can contribute to the job role.
√ Do show signs of excitement, energy and passion. The interviewer would like to see a spark or that you light up when they ask you this interview question.
√ Do emphasize the qualifications that relate to the job requirements. For example, if you majored in communication sciences but are applying for a job in healthcare, then you can emphasize how your background contributes to effective communication with patients and coworkers.
X Don’t say: “Well, I wasn’t sure what to do so I just chose this major.” OR “I only had to attend a couple of extra classes so that’s why I pursued a double major.” Employers want to see candidates that are genuinely intrigued and passionate about the course material. However, if you actually regret specializing in a particular field, you should explain why.
X Don’t say: “Because of financial reasons.” Employers are looking for candidates with intrinsic motivation rather than those moved by rewards. Reason being, candidates that are genuinely intrigued and passionate about the course material are more likely to stay for the long-term.