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What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?

1 of 17 Direct Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on June 29th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The interviewer wants to know that you are interested in your industry, and career growth, enough to take your professional development into your own hands. Even if your current employer does not offer perks like industry conferences or tuition reimbursement, there is no reason why you cannot take the initiative.

You could:

- Read industry or career-related books
- Subscribe to relevant podcasts
- Enhance your education with an additional certificate
- Attend a conference related to your career or personal growth
- Teach yourself a new software program
- Read established journals and websites on a regular basis
- Find a mentor who is senior to you, in your particular industry or career path

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"This year, I committed to improving my knowledge by reading one book per month. I mapped out my twelve books ahead of time, including topics on my career, the industry, personal development, politics, history, and leadership. I would be happy to share the list with you if you'd like!"

Admin
Answer example

"It is important to me that I continue to grow as a professional administrator. This year I took an Advanced Excel course so that I could take my competency from intermediate to expert. The course has helped me immensely, and I am currently looking into an advanced PowerPoint class."

Manager
Answer example

"I subscribe to a variety of management related podcasts, which I listen to every morning on my commute to work. The list of podcasts that I listen to include Gary Vaynerchuk's 'Ask Gary Vee' Show, 'What Great Bosses Know,' with Jill Geisler, and 'Dose of Leadership' with Richard Rierson. The lessons I have learned from these industry pros are invaluable, and I love that I can commit my driving time to developing myself professionally and personally."

Marketing
Answer example

"My current agency does not have a budget for a lot of additional training, coursework, or professional development. For that reason, much of my added learning opportunities are self-led. This year I decided to teach myself more about PhotoShop, with the goal of becoming so good that I could upload my own YouTube videos one day. I would say that I am 3/4 of the way there. It's taken great dedication and patience; however, this is a skill that I am very excited to add to my professional repertoire."

Retail
Answer example

"The retail industry is always changing, and it's vital that I continue to gain knowledge, to keep up with the latest and greatest! I refer on a daily basis to a variety of retail-related journals and publications such as National Retail Federation's news releases, the Retail Wire forum, and the Retail Minded website."

Sales
Answer example

"There are many conferences available to professionals in software sales. Luckily my employer will pay for me to attend two per year but I have to make the case as to why they are relevant. This year I attended DreamForce, and in a few months, I will be attending Topo Sales Summit. I have met some great industry connections at these events and always come back feeling refreshed with new ideas to implement."

Teacher
Answer example

"To improve myself professionally this year, I took on a mentor. I have heard many times that having a mentor relationship is incredibly beneficial and now that I have taken this step, I could not agree more. My mentor is a professor who I greatly admired when I was in University. We meet for coffee once per month, and she gives me tips on becoming a better educator, and comes up with unique challenges for me to stretch myself professionally."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
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.
Published: 06/29/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date

View user-submitted Answers

What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
1.
Went to collage.
2.
Well like I mentioned before I recently graduated from Aveda Beauty School. I have also done a lot of hands on working and practice!
3.
Learned from books, gather informations where ever I get, practise constantly.
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