Interview Question Preparation: Why Do You Want This Job?
It’s probably the most commonly fielded interview question on the job market. However, that doesn’t make it any less important. First impressions are lasting, and far too often they’re the only impression you’ll make. Adequate preparation is key to acing your job interview, and there are several steps you can take to make that impression go a long way in your favor.
Do Your Homework
Knowledge is power, as the old saying goes. Familiarize yourself with the company’s culture and mission to really showcase your interest in the position. Trust me, they’ll notice. And while it may seem obvious, memorize the job description and ensure you project a firm grasp on what it entails.
Sell Your Skills
Utilize job-specific talking points when explaining how you’d fit into the position. A helpful method would be to prepare the brief, personalized answers for each of the job’s requirements. Incorporate your prior job experiences into these answers to project yourself as a seasoned and desirable veteran candidate.
Emphasize Your Value
Employees are an investment. To express the value they’d be getting with yours. That doesn’t mean to brag, but to show them the benefits. What tools and skills will you be bringing along with you when you come into work?
Need An Example?
- “I have a pretty extensive background in sales and feel like I can really play to my strengths with this position, I’ve always had great people skills and I really value positive customer experiences. I feel like I could create a lot of those with your company.”
- “My prior job at the call center really taught me the value of good communication and truly serving the customer. This position would put those experiences to good use, and allow them to grow even further.”
- “I was reading that your company was the fastest growing local telecommunications providers and felt like I could really contribute! The phone credit packages you just announced last week are an incredible promotion, should be a great angle for getting new clients.”