Why do you want to work here

Why Do You Want to Work Here?

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In this common interview question, “Why do you want to work here?” and all they want to know is what you like about their company, it’s products or services.

What is driving you to want to work for them?

Have you always had a lifelong goal of working at their company?

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This is your chance to express why you want to be a member of their team and most importantly the contributions you feel you’ll make as a loyal employee.

When you answer, “Why Do You Want to Work here?” it important to give them a good and genuine reason you would like to become a part of their organization.  Tell them what it is that you like about their company and how you would enjoy contributing to their goals.

Those could be corporate goals, mission goals, save the planet goals, philanthropic goals, or even stopping world hunger.   Do you see what I mean?

When you put their goals before your own, you are saying that you want to work for them because you want to be apart of something bigger.  This is not to say that you should not have your own goals, you should, but what I’m trying to stress is that you don’t want to tell them what this job will do for you.

That’s a selfish way of answering the question.  Telling them that this job will give you the experience you need to further your career is not the way to impress them.  But instead you want to tell them how you can contribute to what they are doing and as you gain experience with them, you can see yourself moving into more challenging roles with in their company.

This question helps weed-out desperate job seekers who are just looking for a job, not a lifelong career.

DO THIS when answering:  Why do you want to work here?

  • Tell them what you like about their business. Is it their products, reputation, services? Whatever it is, express your genuine interest.
  • This is a great time to compliment them on their products or reputation.
  • Dig deep to find out what it is that attracts you to them and express this.

DON’T DO THIS:

  • Don’t tell them you like their location.
  • Don’t tell them you heard that they pay well and have great benefits.
  • Don’t tell them because you heard it’s a great place to work.
  • Don’t tell them because your friends work there.
  • Don’t tell them you want to work here to get some experience.

Don's advice for you...

Try to connect your reason for wanting to work there with something personal or emotional.  Maybe when you were a kid, you saved a kitten from harm and it made you feel good and since that moment on you knew you always wanted to help animals and that’s why you want to be a vet.

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Don Georgevich

Author of 4 top selling interviewing books, speaker, and job interview strategy coach. The one person everyone calls on before a difficult job interview.

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