How to answer the question: “Why do you want this job?”

After you successfully pass your aptitude tests the next and final stage is the job interview. Preparing for an interview is an extremely important step in the whole pre-employment process. Perhaps there really are those genius people who achieve the perfect result impromptu, but it’s not worth taking risks and checking whether you can cope with your nerves and emotions. Therefore, we never tire of reminding you how important a thorough and comprehensive preparation is. You need to take care of everything in advance: your resume and the cover letter, aptitude tests practice and answers to the most typical interview questions. Only after all this work can you guarantee an outstanding result.

Often, candidates are prepared to answer tricky questions about their biography, professional activity, experience and life values, but at the same time they get lost with simple questions and cannot give the answer that would strengthen their position and increase the chances of getting the job they want.

One of these insidious yet very popular questions is: “Why do you want this job?” The wrong answer can significantly lower your chances of getting the job.

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Why employers ask this question?

There are three reasons for employers and HR agents to ask questions about your motivation:

  1. The employer hopes that there is some other reason besides the financial one. Therefore, they want to hear not only the words about the wages.
  2. Everyone wants a dedicated and loyal employee. Therefore, when asking this question, they want to make sure that you do not quit as soon as a better job place turns up.
  3. Also, agents want to verify if you are a knowledgeable and competent employee, and that you understand how you can contribute to the success of the company.

Agree, the reasons are significant enough to carefully study your answers to this tricky question.

So how do you answer the question: “Why do you want this job?”

First of all, show your connection to the employer. Tell why you are interested in this company, what you like about it: brand, products, story or customers. In fact, if already at the interview stage you do not feel like a part of this team, then you shouldn’t even try.

An emotional connection with the employer is key. In other words, you have to show why you like it, how you connect with it. And the best way to do this is through a personal story.

Let’s give an example. You want to get a job in a bank in your city, and you are asked the question: “Why do you want to work with us?” For example, you answer this question in a standard way: I am a good financier, I know how to work, I can do it and I want to work for you. But that’s the answer they get from most job seekers! This answer, of course, is not bad, but it is common, and neither it nor the person who gave it, will be remembered by HR agents.

An example of a good answer

Let us offer you another example that is more likely to score high.

"Why do you want this job?"

“I have been a client of your bank for 10 years. And every time I come here, I meet nice friendly people who are always sincerely eager to help, and I can say that this is very appreciated in our city. This attitude convinces me that my money is in the right place and in good hands. This is the place where I feel good, and I would like to become a part of it too. I also want to help people, take care of them and their funds, and I want them to feel as good in this bank as I do.”

As you can see, this story looks fresh, vibrant and more personal. You explain why you want to work here, why you want to do this work. You talk about your connection with the company. And that’s exactly what HR agents would like to hear from you. Of course, they understand that both salary and career are important to you, but they also want to hear what you can give in return, and such a personal story just shows it.

We discussed emotional connection with the employer previously in our articles about cover letters and the job search tips.

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In conclusion, we want to remind you: when looking for a job, thorough preparation is needed all the time: at the stage of writing a resume and a cover letter, for psychometric aptitude tests and for interview. If you are 100% prepared, you will be successful.

Read more about successful interview tips in our articles:

10 tips for a successful job interview

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8 smart questions for the employer at your job interview

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