Commitment to career

Commitment to career is a key competency you should be able to demonstrate in job interviews. To test your commitment to a career interviewers will usually try to find out how much you know about the firm they represent, the position you have applied for, the industry you will be working in, and what you will be doing if you are employed.

You should be able to:

  • Give a well informed description of what the line of service you have joined does for its clients.
  • Be able to describe what you will be doing in your first year at the firm.
  • Be able to describe makeup of any qualification to which you have applied, and to understand what work you will have to do to achieve it.
  • Be able to give a rough account of where you imagine you might be in 5 years time. (e.g. a certain position in the firm)

You must be certain to convey clearly that you fully understand the role you are applying for. If you are not able to do this, you will not make it through the interview.

Once you have been employed, a company may invest tens of thousands of pounds in your training and professional development. Consequently commitment to a career is a highly valued competency to employers as it allows them to determine whether a candidate is a good investment.

See also - competency questions and competency based interviews.