So you have a French History degree, but want to enter into the business world? Now you might be asking “Why did I choose that Major?!” We can promise that those 4-5 years you spent chasing that piece of paper did not go to waste! Regardless of your major choice, the fact that you completed the program bodes well for you.
The best part of this question being asked is you are already in an interview! That is 87% of the battle! There is absolutely no right or wrong answer here, but you should have a well thought-out response ready. By following the below, you will ensure you touch on what is necessary to construct your answer.
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Be confident and proud
Just because you did not attend Harvard Business School, does not mean you can’t be proud! It drives us crazy when someone says “Oh, I just went to some small no name school”, YOU STILL HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE!!!
Although your major may not relate to your career path, you picked the subject for a reason. Go into detail about your thought process choosing said major and how you have become a better person.
Some say avoid personal responses in interviews and for the most part, we agree. This question has room to get a little personal as it relates to a dream or aspiration you have/had. It’s okay if you need to get personal with your answer to explain your choice. Just don’t go overboard and dump your life story on the hiring manager.
Relate your skill set
If you are not specialized for a given industry, you will still have relatable skills that you can expand on. Studying the job description beforehand will help you make the connection to what you have to offer. Concentrate on ANY past experience that you have had that relates to the open position. Many candidates will stretch the truth so if you are not effective, you will not be hired.
Being a college grad, you had to make deadlines, work long hours, and multitask to graduate. All these skills can relate to almost any job. It is up to you to make the correlation and translate these skills in an organized manner. Remember, this is not a trick question and there is no wrong answer. Preparation is the only way to ensure you will not be thrown by any question the hiring manager chooses.