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If you could alter your career path, in any way, what would you change?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

This question will help the interviewer to understand if you have a long and continued passion for your chosen career. Talk to the interviewer about an alternate career path that you might wish for but be sure to keep it related to the position for which you are interviewing.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"If I could change anything about my career path, I would have stayed in post-secondary studies for longer to upgrade in my field. I feel that this would have given me the advancement I seek now, many years later."

Admin
Answer example

"I have always had a penchant for organization, paperwork, and the such. I would not change my career path; however, I would add other responsibilities to my work such as creating manuals and helping with the curriculum. More work that would incorporate my technical writing skills."

Manager
Answer example

"I am not one for regrets or looking back; however, if I could change anything about my career path, I would have been more aggressive in my path to leadership earlier on."

Marketing
Answer example

"Marketing is where my passion is. If I had to choose any different career path, I would have become a writer. It's still closely related to marketing and would utilize my creative side."

Retail
Answer example

"I am very pleased with my career path, but there are always areas for improvement. I would like to incorporate more travel and buying decisions into my retail fashion career. For that reason, if I could change anything about my career path, I would go into a territory management role like this one or even become a buyer."

Sales
Answer example

"I will always be in sales, no matter what. The industry in which I sell is the path that I would change. For instance, most of my career I have been selling electronics for the home and commercial settings. Your role caught my eye because not only do you handle electronics but you have telecommunication products as well. I am excited about the change, and to learn a new, yet related, industry."

Teacher
Answer example

"Being an educator will always be in my blood. I was born to be a teacher. With that said, I would be interested in gaining more public speaking opportunities and giving presentations. Perhaps being a keynote speaker at a teachers conference one day, or an address to the community on a topic I am passionate about such as reading with your children or teaching your kids the importance of volunteering from an early age."

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.
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.
First written on: 01/09/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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