At some point in your next job interview, you’ll be asked the question, “Why are you interested in this job?” Many hiring managers use this go-to question as a means to uncover your motives. Your answer will reveal whether it’s just for the money (a surefire way to shut down your chances), a desire to escape your current job, or if you have something of real value to bring to the table.
Not sure how to answer? The U.S. News and & World Report advises candidates to summarize their qualifications when answering this key question. “In the delivery of your message, it’s not only what you say but how you say it. Less is more: Be succinct, clear and convincing. State with confidence your ability to do the job by pointing out three solid qualifications and relevant experiences you already possess.” As with any interview question, avoid a negative answer (escaping your current position or a challenging workplace), and focus on your passion for the company, the issues it’s facing, and becoming part of the team to contribute and make a difference.
Here are some other tips for successfully answering this question:
Speak to the organization’s needs
It makes sense to talk about the company’s challenges or opportunities, which further shows that you’re invested in the organization. Make a connection to these by speaking about your successful track record. Highlight your achievements when facing similar issues in your current or past roles. This will help the interviewer see you as a candidate with much to offer.
Showcase your strengths
Touch on your strengths and illustrate why you’re the best person for the job. Provide concrete examples that reveal how your accomplishments, skills and experience relate to the company’s needs. If you’ve stepped up to take on a challenging problem, show how that experience is useful in the present position. If you’re an innovator, tie that quality into an aspect of the job description.
There’s nothing that will mark you as an unqualified candidate – no matter how strong your expertise – than someone who lacks passion. You’ve got to express your excitement about the company and interest in their customers, products or market challenges. Hiring managers want to know you are keenly interested in working for them, and you aren’t just looking for a new job.
Use the opportunity to showcase your strengths and accomplishments when you’re asked, Why do you want this job? Be sure to emphasize how you’re a good fit for the job and the company. Lastly, craft a response that addresses the organization’s needs and demonstrates your passion and excitement for the company and where it’s headed.
Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional. She specializes in coaching professional and executive clients and providing career strategies to help them advance their careers. Copyright JL Careers Inc. All rights reserved.
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