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Asked by Katherine on September 10, 2017

How does one market oneself in an interview for a position in which they may not have had much experience even though they may have a genuine interest in working the field?

Answered by Monica, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on September 13, 2017

Exploring and venturing into a career path unrelated to one’s main field of expertise is often exciting. Do research the position, organization, and industry well before your interview – in other words, be hyper-prepared for this interview. Allow your interviewers to feel your genuine enthusiasm to learn more about the industry or role, so that means being honest and straightforward. Instead of waiting for a question about your experience, bring it up first along with an explanation on your interest to break into this new field of work. If you have any degrees, certifications, volunteer experience, and other work experience; do find the technical skills and soft skills that you possess which could translate and transfer into the new field of work. Remember that an interview provides you an opportunity to ask questions, come out of the interview knowing more about this new career path you are exploring.
Ultimately, be honest, let them know that you’re looking for an opportunity and that you are enthusiastic and committed to learning independently as well as through work experience, to the challenges of becoming an expert in a field outside of your own, and to ultimately succeed and provide an outstanding level of service to their organization.

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