“Why do you want to work with us?” and “Why did you apply for this position?” Combined, these are among the questions most commonly asked when you interview for jobs.
Examples of how to answer:
“I see this opportunity as a way to contribute to an exciting/forward-thinking/fast-moving company/industry, and I feel I can do so by/with my … ”
“I feel my skills are well-suited to this position because … ”
“I believe I have the type of knowledge (or other skill) to succeed in this role and at the company because … ”
“I’m excited about this opportunity, as it would allow me to … ”
Examples of what not to say:
“Honestly, I just need a job and this one looked interesting.” This is a candid response, to be sure. But it does little to demonstrate a sincere interest in the role or company. Plus, the hiring manager might have concerns that you’d be quick to leave the firm for another opportunity you find more compelling.
“I’ve heard this place offers great pay and benefits.” Any company wants to be viewed as an employer of choice, and leading firms recognize that they must offer competitive compensation to hire top talent in today’s market. That said, they don’t want to recruit people whose primary motivation to work for the business is money.
“I see this as a step to bigger and better things.” While no employer expects every worker to stay with the organization for the long term, a response like this one implies you’re more focused on the future than the now. It also suggests that you already have one foot out the door before you’ve even been hired.
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