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Deb Knowles-Walker

You're sitting in the job interview and the interviewer asks, "So, tell me. Why do you want this job?"

"Isn't it obvious?" you think to yourself. "I need money to pay the rent and buy food!"

No! Wait! Don't say that!

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You Are The Solution

"Why do you want this job?" is another way of the interviewer asking, "Why should I hire you?"

It's one of the most commonly asked job interview questions .

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Put yourself in the interviewer's place. They have a problem to solve.

You are the solution!

How To Answer

  • Mention what you like about the company, such as the commitment to quality or innovation. This requires you to do a little research about the company before the interview!

  • Then, refer back to the job description and highlight how your skills match what they are looking for.

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    Remember: You are the solution to the interviewer's problem. Tell them how hiring you is a win-win for both of you.

Try It Out

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You've researched the company and prepared for your interview. The interview day finally arrives!

You're face to face with the interviewer and they ask you, "Why do you want this job?"

What's the best response?

Flaticon Icon Option A: "I noticed in my research the company has doubled in size over the last year without sacrificing quality. Quality and growth are really important to me. In addition, you're looking for someone with five years of customer service experience. I have eight years. You're also looking for someone who can stay calm under pressure. I have demonstrated experience with this in my last job, which was very high pressure."

Flaticon Icon Option B: "I want to work at this company because it pays well. I've heard that the benefits are also really good. I have a lot to offer the company, including customer service experience and I'm great under pressure. The fact that it's a remote job is also another reason I'd like to work here!"

Quiz

In the scenario above, what is the best response?

Take Action

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Now that you know how to answer the question, "Why do you want this job?" take some time to prepare your answer:

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