Why did you choose this career?


A nurse is assisting an older lady who is bound to her bed. A picture illustrates work in healthcare in generalA job, or a mission? A good question indeed, and as patients we do experience both approaches to healthcare professions… Both which one should you present when you actually interview for a job?

HR managers at hospitals and clinics prefer to hire people who really care for their jobs, people who do not work only to earn money. Therefore you should do your best to convince them that you consider this job a mission, and follow a calling to help people with your career choice.

Sample answers

I love to help people, and I always wanted to work in healthcare. But I was not gifted to become a physician, or a surgeon, as I originally wanted. And I realized that I prefer administrative work to clinical duties. Therefore I eventually decided for a career of medical assistant, which allows me to combine both.

I believe my communication skills, administrative experience, and empathy, make me a great candidate for this position. And I always wanted to work at a medical clinic.

Try to focus on your dreams, and strengths that make you a great candidate for the job. Do not talk about your salary, or education as a reason for your job choice.

And if they ask you why you did not become a nurse, you can say either that you couldn’t afford long studies, or that you simply prefer medical assistant job in this stage of your career.


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