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With the ongoing changes in this industry, how do you keep your knowledge current?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

Employers expect employees to stay up-to-date on their respective field, and today's technology makes this reasonably easy! List several ways that you receive your industry knowledge and stay on top of trends. Tell the interviewer about those daily update emails you receive from professional organizations, conferences you attend, seminars you have taken, and professional organizations you of which you are involved.

Lastly, it's a great idea to ask the interviewer what resources they refer to for industry trends. That question can start up a great conversation, and you may learn a thing or two as well.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"Every morning I listen to the podcast Rise & Grind because I find the information to be fresh, and valuable. In addition to this podcast, I also subscribe to a couple of industry blogs. One is ABC, and the other is XYZ. I greatly value the information shared among fellow professionals. What resources do you prefer to stay on top of industry trends and changes?"

Admin
Answer example

"I am an avid reader. I read about the industry news through various resources online. I am a member of many key associations that allow me the opportunity to attend industry conferences, receive newsletters and network with top professionals in my field."

Manager
Answer example

"I follow a multitude of management thought leaders on social media. I also read a lot of books. My favorite people to gain knowledge from including Warren Buffett, Mark Cuban, and Tony Robbins. Which are your favorite ways to stay up to date on trends in management?"

Marketing
Answer example

"I am a member of several professional associations and receive regular marketing e-magazines. I also follow multiple influencers on LinkedIn including Grant Cardone and Neil Patel."

Retail
Answer example

"It's so easy to stay up to date these days, so I have Google alerts set for industry trends. In addition, social media is really a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of things. As silly as it sounds, Instagram lets you see what is trending, and who is trending, so that you can pay attention to upcoming styles on the runway that will hit stores in the next 12-18 months. I love to create some "look-alike" outfits in my department based on what big celebrities are wearing. It drives interest and sales for our department, and shows we are up to date on trends and news."

Sales
Answer example

"I have Google News alerts set up for industry-specific keywords, am subscribed to multiple newsletters, and follow the three leading industry associations on social media. I also receive their quarterly updates. Also, I love to learn about the latest OEM trends and always draw on the experience of my industry contacts who have been working in the industry as long as I have been alive."

Teacher
Answer example

"Like all teachers, I do continuing education hours both through the district in-service days, as well as seek out additional learning opportunities. At an in-service event a few years ago, I was introduced to TPRS, which teaches you how to teach language through telling stories. As a result, I've plugged into their community, and it's been a great resource for me. Also, we have bi-weekly departmental meetings, and I am currently enrolled in grad school to get my masters, beginning next fall."

Written by:

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: 03/07/2018
Last modified on: 06/29/2018
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