Answering the 'Why Do You Want to Work Here?' Question

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Answering the 'Why Do You Want to Work Here?' Question

 16th Feb 2016


Interviews can be unsettling experiences, especially for the unprepared. Whilst you can’t be expected to field every question effortlessly, the more research and preparation you can do the smoother the experience will be. Moreover the interviewer will remember you for the right reasons.

There are three questions you should always give serious thought to ahead of the interview as at least one of them will come up:

‘Why are you interested in the position?’

‘What makes you think/feel you’re right for the role?’

And perhaps the most important:

‘Why do you want to work for this company?’

Question one and question three sometimes get rolled into one as they’re related but however you get asked, it’s vital to your interview success to have answers for, if not all three, question three.

Here are the three things to bear in mind when preparing your answer:

  1. What makes the Company Unique?

noun 38516 BEvery company has a unique selling point: the one thing that sets them apart from everyone else. Understanding what that USP is both from an internal and external point of view demonstrate not only an understanding of the business but its markets as well.

Pay particular attention to the ‘About Us’ section of the company website and learn all you can about the culture and how employees are motivated or incentivised.

During the interview combine this knowledge with what you have observed as you’ve moved through the office. Focus on aspects like a positive and/or supportive environment.

  1. What Does the Future Hold?

noun 215911 BThrough your research you should have a solid grounding in the company’s history but also where it is going. You should know about the company performance as well as the various activities, markets and areas of innovation. Identify ways in which the company could grow and how your role would fit in to that.

By communicating your enthusiasm for the future and the ideas you have had to contribute to the company’s success demonstrates a higher level of commitment than the research you’ve done online. You are also communicating that all important intention to be a part of that future.

  1. How does the Company Make You Feel?

noun 23798 ccSmileBBy the time you’re at the end of the interview you should have a solid idea of what you think about the company and whether or not you want the job. From the research, the people you’ve met or interacted with and what you’ve observed, you should have a firm grasp of how the job and the company makes you feel. Assuming those feelings are positive don’t be afraid about sharing them. If the opportunity excites you, say so. If you can see yourself thriving within the company and as part of the culture, let them know.

It’s the part of the interview where you can show your unbridled enthusiasm for the role, the company and the people you will get to work with.

Deliver these three things and you should find yourself leaving a positive and lasting impression on your interviewers. Remember there’s no 100% correct way of answering the question as interviews vary from company to company. As long as you illustrate your enthusiasm for the role and the company then you’re well on the way to success.

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