INTERVIEW QUESTION: WHY DO YOU WANT THIS JOB?

INTERVIEW QUESTION: WHY DO YOU WANT THIS JOB?

This is a common interview question. Resist the urge to make this question about yourself. The interviewer is not interested in hearing that your rent is almost due or you have two children to feed.  Even if it’s true, do not mention salary, work hours, or location as the primary reasons you want the job. Focus on how you can benefit the company, not how the company or job can benefit you.

  • Research the company before the interview

Interviewers want a response that shows you’ve done research on the company and the job role. Make sure you research the company and you understand some basic information about both the company and the job. Your goal is to get a sense of their current goals and projects they are working on. When you answer the question, you can mention specific aspects of the company and position that appeal to you.  Express enthusiasm for the company.

  • Match Your Skills and Experiences With the Role

Be specific about what makes you a good fit for this role.  To prepare your answer, make a list of the requirements of the job as explained in the job listing, and then note which requirements match your skills and experience. In your answer, highlight a few of your abilities that qualify you for the job.

  • Emphasize what you can contribute.

What value will you add to the position? Mention any skills or work achievements that make you a unique, strong candidate for the job. You can use numbers to express how you can add value to the company. For example, if you increased sales at your previous company, mention this, and express your interest in doing the same for the company.

Example:

I want this job because it emphasizes sales and marketing, two of my greatest skill sets. In my previous job, I increased sales by 20% even while the nation was experiencing a recessive economy. I know I could bring my eight years of sales and marketing experience to this company, and help you continue your years of growth.