How to Answer “Why Do You Want to Work Here?”

Posted: 02/27/14 | Category: Interviewing Job Search

Most job interviews are by the book with a standard script of questions. Hiring managers rarely deviate from what works (it’s that old “why reinvent the wheel” logic). That gives job seekers an advantage as they prepare for the job interview. One question you should always have an answer for is, “Why do you want to work here?”

On the surface, this question seems to be as straightforward as it gets. Hiring managers are curious about your motivation. No one wants to be responsible for hiring an employee who is only in it for the paycheck. So, an exceptional response to “why do you want to work here?” involves more than just mentioning money.

Consider the following:

Talk about your research on the company – Employers want to know that you’re actively working to learn more about them. A response that includes facts about their best projects and cultural features will entice hiring managers. They want to know you’re immersed in their company and are readying yourself to hit the ground running.

Example:

“While looking at your website, I was amazed by the number of incredible Fortune 500 clients who use your services. I am eager to bring my expertise to a company that values excellence.”

Mention any of your internal contacts – Hiring managers are more inclined to consider those people who have connections within the company. Think of it as a voucher system. If you’re trusted by a valued member of the internal team, you earn an increased reputation by proxy.

Example:

“My former coworker/longtime friend/former boss works here and has incredible things to say about your company. I want to contribute to a company that enjoys such a great reputation.

Don’t make your reason sound one-sided – Though you’re primarily focusing on what the company can do for you, that shouldn’t stop you from reinforcing that you intend to work hard for the company.

In both examples above, the sentence ends on what value you are looking to provide to the company. Tie in the value you can bring to the company to the very thing that attracted you to the employer and your chances will increase tenfold.

by James Walsh 

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