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Considering your background is in an industry different from ours, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position in this industry?

8 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know which transferable skills you bring to this position. There are many ways that you can be a fit for a job, even though you do not come with direct industry experience. Think about the variety of skills that you have and how those can benefit another employer, despite the industry. These are your transferable skills, and they can include sales abilities, customer service experience, and software capabilities.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"Although my background is not in your precise industry, I have worked with many clients who have been in your industry. I bring excellent transferable skills that qualify me for this position. These skills include my advanced abilities in Excel, my outstanding cold-calling abilities as well as my proven background in team leadership."

Admin
Answer example

"I am a pro when it comes to prioritization and communication. These skills can expand any industry. I am a fast learner and have already dedicated some time to better understanding your industry."

Manager
Answer example

"Time management and leadership skills cannot be taught; however, industry knowledge can. I have begun to study your industry already and will have a firm grasp before my start date. If you have any suggestions on resources to gain further industry knowledge, I am all ears!"

Marketing
Answer example

"I come from a corporate marketing department versus an agency setting; however, the ethics of what I did in my previous role are the same that you ask for in your job posting. I am great with analytics and research, and my creative mind goes with me, no matter the industry."

Retail
Answer example

"Customer service, problem-solving, and analytical skills can cross any industry, and I am a pro at all three."

Sales
Answer example

"I bring a lot of transferable skills to this position and industry. My talents and skills revolve around helping people and making companies profitable, no matter the industry."

Teacher
Answer example

"Although I am new to teaching in the US, my experience as an ESL teacher in Japan taught me a great deal about curriculum building, the importance of practicing empathy in the classroom, and exercising incredibly clear communication."

Account Manager
Answer example

"Although my background is not in your precise industry, I have worked with many clients who have been in your industry. I bring excellent transferable skills that qualify me for this position. These skills include my advanced abilities in Excel, my outstanding cold-calling abilities as well as my proven background in team leadership."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/06/2017
Last modified on: 08/11/2018

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