QuoteOriginally posted by: tavisorWell, I am not saying that one thing might be more convincing than the other. I am just worried about my case. Do I have to invent a convincing story about some finance seminar that I attended which completely blew my mind and never wanted to do anything else ever since?Probably not. Different interviewers look for different things, and what turns off one interviewer may be good for another. Since you really don't know what the interviewer is looking for, you might as well tell the truth. One danger is that if you make up something, and they like you, then you are going to have to keep pretending that you like something that you don't for the next several years. QuoteDo I tell them that after realizing I don't wanna keep loosing friends and relationships and furnish new apartments once every 3 years because my next postdoc offer is across the ocean, and the next best thing after academia for someone with my background is finance?If it's the truth, than sure.QuoteThat would be keeping it real... but then again, it is not your drive to finance as the only thing you wanna to. It is just the next best thing! Except that it's not. There are a lot of other less stressful jobs that you can get with a Ph.D. in physics. They pay less, but they are more stable. QuoteDo I tell them I just wanna make a whole bunch of money?They probably have already figured that one out.QuoteAnyone ran into questions like this before? How did u answer?Basically, that I want to go into finance because I want to be part of history. I don't think I mentioned this directly, but I once had this horrible, horrible thought that I'd end up eighty, someone would ask me "so what did you do with your life" and I wouldn't be able to answer. I have this hyper-ambitious, hyper-competitive streak inside of me, and I was just wasting away where I was.I should point out here that I bombed a few interviews with that answer, because this wasn't what the interviewer wanted to hear. But it's the truth.