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Sound Credible When You Answer This Interview Question

A hiring manger who asks, “Why would you like to work here,” is typically trying to get a feel for whether you’d be a good fit for their organization. It’s also a way to ascertain if you’ve researched the business and are truly interested in joining the team. Responding to the query with thoughtful and honest feedback is a way to let your interviewer know you’re serious about the position.

Do Your Homework

It’s always a good idea to learn something about a company before you interview for a job. The company’s website and social media accounts are good places to start. They can help you get familiar with their products and services, introduce you to the biographies of key leaders and executives, and get a feel for the company’s culture. It’s also a good way to arm yourself with specific details to use when answering the question of why you want the job.

Be Honest

Before you apply for a job, ask yourself, why do you want the position? Is it because it offers a good salary, the business’s reputation, the cause or mission of the organization, or does it present opportunity for personal growth and advancement? Maybe you find the job description challenging, or you’re excited about working on a particular project or with a certain executive. Having a viable rationale in mind will help you craft your response with a sense of credibility.

Note: Find something of substance you like about the company. Avoid responding to this question with answers such as, “It’s close to where I live” or “No one else is hiring.” This kind of response marks you as someone who’s just interested in a job, and not necessarily someone who’s a good fit for the corporate culture.

Use Specific Examples

The more specific you can be about why you want a job, the more genuine you’ll appear to a hiring manager. Some examples include:

  • “The company has a great reputation for having a collaborative work environment and promoting from within.”
  • “I have several former colleagues who work for this company, and they speak highly about your commitment to customer service, which is important to me as well.”
  • “The company is known for delivering an exceptionally high-quality product, and I’d like to be professionally associated with that commitment to excellence.”

Work in Your Skills

In responding to this key question, take the opportunity to talk about your personal agenda and tout your own qualifications. For example:

  • “I’ve worked as an advertising director for 15 years, and I’m really impressed with your approach to outdoor advertising. It’s an area of specialty for me, and I think I could be  creative asset in that area.”
  • “I’ve been looking for an opportunity to expand my research opportunities, and the new lab this hospital is building will offer incredible opportunities.”
  • “I have more than 15 years' experience in corporate skills training, and the opportunity to be part of a Fortune 500 company’s ongoing growth and development is very exciting.”

Be Prepared to Explain a Job Change

If you’re looking for a job, it typically means you’re leaving a job, so be prepared to answer questions about why you’re making a professional transition. Don’t speak critically of your previous employer or say anything that will make you sound as if you’re not a team player. Instead, focus on your excitement in taking on a new opportunity and developing your professional skills.

You might say:

  • “I’ve always wanted to work for a large corporation in the city, and when this position became available, I knew I had to act.”
  • “The company I worked for previously puts a big focus on online sales, and I prefer personal interaction with customers, much as you focus here.”
  • “I was ready for a change and a challenge.”

Lisa McQuerrey has been a business writer since 1987. In 1994, she launched a full-service marketing and communications firm. McQuerrey's work has garnered awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Associated Press. She is also the author of several nonfiction trade publications, and, in 2012, had her first young-adult novel published by Glass Page Books.

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