Why Do You Want To Work Here? Common Interview Questions and Answers

Why do you want to work here? That question is asked at just about every interview across the world. Why is it that some of the most common, and seemingly most easy, interview questions give us the most trouble? Here are some tips to help you land the job you've been wanting.

Why do you want to work here? In order to answer that question effectively, some at home research should be done prior to the interview. Look up facts about the company and try to use them during your answer. "I am really impressed that you're listed in Forbes 500. I want to work at a topnotch company with lots of room for advancement."

When the interviewer asks why you want to work there, it's okay to reference people you know that are employed by the company. "My friend, Joe Smith, works in accounting and he always talks about how great his supervisors are." In this example, you've referenced an employee, and pointed out a strength in the company. You may want to make sure your friend knows that you plan to reference them, and make sure that they are actually in good standing with the company. This can really be an effective way to make a connection with the person conducting the interview. It’s a really good way to answer, why do you want to work here, during a job interview.

In most cases, it's okay to tell the interviewer why you're looking to leave your current job during this step when they ask the questions. "I want to work for a company with advancement opportunities. I really enjoy my current position, but the company is very small, with very little room for growth." Keep in mind that it's not okay to bash your current employer, so remain tactful during this portion of the question and answer session. If you bash your former employer, there’s a great chance the interviewer will lose respect for you from this question.

When the interviewer questions why you want to work there, you will have better success if you have an idea what you're going to say. Write out an outline in advance, jotting down key points that you want to touch on. Don't memorize and recite or it won't sound as natural. You simply want to be prepared to help calm your nerves. You can land a new job with some preparation.

Be sure to study other common interview questions, like what is your biggest weakness, so you are fully prepared and land the job.


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gooadam 6 years ago from san mateo

Ha, yeah, I had a list memorized of stock questions they always asked. Guaranteed you would get the questions that they wanted you to list negative traits as positives. Love a good spin.

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