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Why did you choose your major?

1 of 25 Entry Level Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on August 19th, 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 would like to understand better the thinking behind your post-secondary major. Explain what you chose, and what the leading factors were behind your decision. If you are not happy with your choice, try to remain positive and merely state that you feel there may have been better choices for you in retrospect.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I chose my accounting major to be in corporate accounting because it made the most sense for me, at the time. I still want to be a corporate accountant, but I now see there are many forensic accounting coursework opportunities which would have been a fascinating area of focus as well. It still goes hand-in-hand with corporate accounting, so perhaps I will take some coursework like this in the future."

Admin
Answer example

"I chose a degree in business administration with a major in human resources. I chose this major to compliment my desire to work in the recruitment industry. I am thankful that I made this choice because human resources will always need a human-to-human touch. I have a highly communicative approach to my work that will ensure my success in this field."

Manager
Answer example

"When choosing my major, I wanted to take a unique approach that would stand out on my resume, and in my interviews. This desire to be different is why I chose a Business management degree with a major in management and a minor in economics. This combination is not as common as accounting or finance and gave me the skills that I need to jump into a management level role earlier on in my career than most recent grads."

Marketing
Answer example

"My marketing degree is focused on business to business marketing with a minor in international business. I have a keen interest in building experiences from other cultures which is why I am very pleased with my post-secondary choices."

Retail
Answer example

"I chose a major in communications because I knew the knowledge would benefit me and my work, no matter which path I took. I am happy with the decision; however, at times, I wonder if a more niche line of study would be beneficial as well. I know that I can always take additional coursework if the need comes up."

Sales
Answer example

"I chose a major in English because I feel that one can never be too well versed in their language! The skills that I learned can pertain to every aspect of my life, not just my career. I am happy with my decision to go this route."

Teacher
Answer example

"I chose to specialize in special education and am thrilled that I made this decision. I have a huge heart for children with extra challenges and look forward to applying my knowledge in the classroom very soon."

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.
Published: 08/19/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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