In general, most people feel confident providing answers to the more typical job interview questions. However, there is one question that often comes up that can be frightening and even nerve wracking – that’s, “why do you want to work here?”. While it can be hard to provide an unique answer, experts have offered a few tips to help you think this one through before the big day arrives.
So ask yourself:
How Can I Utilize Research?
Knowing more about the company you are applying to is a great way to gain a sense of their mission and purpose. Doing a Google search or looking for videos or marketing on their products or services can educate you as to what they do and why you would like to do it. Check out LinkedIn Company pages and groups too – they often have a wealth or information from ex and current employees.
What Topics Should I Address?
Interview experts have outlined five primary topics to cover: the development and training the company offers, their mission statement, successes of the company, the culture exuded by the company, and the products or services that are delivered.
How Can I Employ Reasoning?
Being able to demonstrate your rationale is really what takes your response to the next level. Explaining your reasoning for wanting to work at the business can add a large degree of credibility to your interview and demonstrates that you have given deep thought to the prospect of working there.
While “why do you want to work here” can be a scary and ominous question (because it is so open ended) it is commonly used. Thankfully it is also fairly easy to provide an answer that is unique and compelling. So, research the company beforehand, stick to the five primary topics, and provide your reasoning for wanting to work for the company in the first place.