Without preparation, the question ‘Why do you want this job?’ can be a challenge for the interviewer.
While this is one of the most common interview questions, it can still confuse you if you’re not ready. Do not see this question as a difficult challenge to overcome. Instead, think of it as an opportunity for you to promote yourself, your skills, and the level of commitment you will bring to their company.
Why did the interviewer ask this question?
Simply put, the interviewer wants to know if you’ve prepared, learned about the company or not. Have you read the job description carefully? In your answer, they want to know what you’ve learned about the company’s activities, their mission, and how your skills and experience match.
Interviewers also want to see that you’ve put in the time and effort to think about whether you’re personally a good fit for the job. They’ve seen your resume and even spoken to you face-to-face, but this question will help the company get a better picture of who you are – through your own lens.
How to answer the question: “Why do you want this job?”
The main purpose of the answer is for you to explain why this job is right for you, as well as why you are a good fit for the company.
You need to show enthusiasm not only for the position you’re applying for, but for the company as a whole. This is especially true if you are interviewing for a role that may be considered “standard” in many companies or industries.
Importantly, you should include a few details from your previous research on the company in your answer. Then the interviewer will know if your particular way of working is suitable for the way the company operates.
You can summarize your skills and expertise to show the company the benefits they will receive if they agree to hire. You should mention the potential, or what you can bring to the company in the long run. Example: “As a rapidly growing company, you will need people with management experience like me to support growth. I successfully oversaw the creation of three new divisions during the year. past, and my experience in this area will help the work proceed smoothly.”
It would be impressive if you could seamlessly tell what you know about the company, how you fit the hiring criteria, and add other elements to your answer. For example: “Like the current employees of the company, I take the effectiveness of customer communication very seriously. I have a customer retention rate of 100% for the past 5 years. I suppose time , the effort, and attention to detail given to these relationships has helped me get there.”
Tips to prepare for your interview
– Research the company: When entering the interview, it is smart to do a thorough research about the activities, goals, and culture of that company.
– Understand your motivation: What made you apply for the job? Think back to when you first saw the job posting, and determine what prompted you to think this position is a good match for your skills and experience. You can use this detail to start your answer.
– Highlight your skills: Think of the answer the same way you would use sales pitch to promote yourself as a match for the vacancy.
– Practice answering: You should practice answering frequently asked questions fluently, jotting down what you need to say until you understand it.
Hoang Ha (Follow Ladders)