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We believe there is always room to grow. Tell me about one professional qualification you would like to obtain.

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

No matter your level of experience, there is always an opportunity to grow and learn. Regardless of your seniority level, you can choose to become better at your job, every day. Perhaps you have industry governing associations that offer certifications and training. Your city's University may have related courses that will boost your recent knowledge, and there are a plethora of online courses available on platforms such as Udemy or Teachable. Show the interviewer that you are not too proud to continue your education, even if you are the CEO!

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"Professional development is incredibly important to me. This year I would like to take a course on Non-Profit Benchmarking. As an analyst, I have seen a major increase in inquiries from not for profit organizations and admittedly, need to learn more. I have a keen interest in the ways that donors, the government, and other foundations use reported benchmarks to determine where their donations will go."

Admin
Answer example

"As an administrative professional, I can say without a doubt that the landscape is always changing when it comes to tech, programs, and apps! It's a lot to keep up with for sure. This past year I took a Cloud Training Course and this year I have my sights on some courses related to social media marketing so that I can help the companies that I join by adding social media management to my skillset toolbox."

Manager
Answer example

"I have been in a management role since the very early stages of my career and, for one reason or another, my work became more important than formal professional development. If I could take any training now, I would like to pursue my PMP Certification. I believe that the credentials of being certified in project management will hold a lot of weight as I climb the ladder in my career."

Marketing
Answer example

"Marketing professionals should always be taking additional coursework of some sort. I fully support that thought and do take at least one new certification per year. This year I would like to refresh my knowledge of online consumer behavior. I did take this course a couple of years ago; however, with social media and analytics supercharged since then, I think it would be beneficial for me to partake again."

Retail
Answer example

"I do have a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration; however, I have been learning more about the Professional Program Certificate in Retail and Omnichannel Management from Dartmouth College. They offer online coursework options. Have you hired anyone for this particular certification?"

Sales
Answer example

"I landed in medical device sales at the very start of my career and had enjoyed many years of on-the-job training and relied on personal research, to succeed. With that said, additional industry certification would never hurt. I would be interested in taking an accredited medical sales program. Might you have one that you recommend?"

Teacher
Answer example

"There are a lot of options for educators to gain professional development. I recently took a course in Collaborative Curriculum Development. I have my eye on a Peer Coaching course for this coming month. Looking at my overall background, do you have any recommendations?"

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