Like the dreaded Б,Б the question, БWhy are you interested in this position? Б is sure to come up in an interview. And, even if it doesnБt, if you want the job you should get this sentiment across regardless. So, really, thereБs no way around figuring out how to string together a coherent thought about why this being in this position makes sense for you (and for the company). Luckily, thereБs actually a pretty simple way to go about answering this question effectively without having to go through every big moment or transition in your life and career thatБs brought you to this interview. HereБs a smart framework for how you should structure your answer. First things first, this is an excellent opportunity for you to show off what you know about the company. You can talk all day about how excited you are about joining the team, but nothing will trump actually knowing a thing or two about the place youБre interviewing with. So, to prepare,
and select a few key factors to incorporate into your pitch for why youБre a good fit. Say youБre interviewing for a small quantitative asset management company. The start of your answer might sound something like this: Especially with smaller companies, itБs always impressive when a candidate knows a thing or two about what goes on at the company. And the best thing about this is you rarely have to go beyond reviewing the company website or having a quick conversation with a current or past employee to learn enough to sound like youБve been following the company for a while. Next, you want to sell why, exactly, youБre right for the role. There are two ways you can do this: You can either focus more on your experiences (what youБve done before that brings you to this point) or your skills (especially helpful if youБre pivoting positions or industries).
Try to pinpoint what the main part of the role entails, plus a couple of the Бdesired skillsБ in the job description, and make sure you speak to that. Follow up your introduction to how excited you are about the company with why youБre a good fit: Keep it shortБyouБll have plenty of opportunities to talk about how you got your skills or relevant stories throughout the interviewБand just focus on highlighting a couple key relevant abilities or experiences for the position. Finally, you want to show that the position makes sense for where youБre going in your career. Ideally, you wonБt give the impression that youБre just using the position as a stepping stone. Show that youБll be around for the long haul, and your interviewer will feel more comfortable investing in you: Of course, you donБt have to state specifically that you see yourself in the position for a long time. Just show that youБve given some thought to how the job makes sense for you now and that it continues to make sense for the foreseeable future. String these three components together, and you have a response that will impress on three fronts: your knowledge and enthusiasm for the company, your relevant skills, and your general fit with the position. Plus, this framework has the added benefit of not stopping the flow of the conversation the way going through your entire life story would. A hot-button question for employers is, БWhy do you want to work here, for us? Б They want to know that youБre interested specifically in this jobБand not that you just need a paycheck. (Psst!
CanБt get hired? б. ) Knowing well is always important, especially with this question. To reassure them that they are the ones you want to be with, your answer to this question should start with, БIБm interested in this job, at this company, becauseББ and then list at least three reasons why you want to work there. БIБm interested in this job because I can see that in this role, my skill sets would benefit you. Because they would benefit you, I would also benefit personally, professionally, and financially from that. If I can come in here and solve problems and accomplish your goals, it will be a great future for me. Б This part of your answer lets them know that you are excited about what you will be able to accomplish for them, while still emphasizing what they are getting out of the bargain. Your second reason also shows fit, but in a different way: БAlso, I like the culture of this organization. I like what IБve heard and what IБve been reading about the company, and it seems like a great fit for my personality and my values. Б This is a general answer, so if you can be more specific by actually naming a couple of things youБve heard or read about the company that you like, it will help your cause. This is one area where your pre-interview research is critical. A few things you may want to look for when you Is this a top company in the field? Is this company known for cutting-edge products or other innovations? Does this company have a great reputation for customer service? Is this company known for being a great place to work? (Forbes is famous for their lists of БBest Places to Work,Б but there are many others who compile their own lists. ) Does this company value and/or provide resources for employee development?
Mention those things that truly speak to you and your values so your sincerity shows. Wrap up your answer with something that personalizes it a bit more, such as one of these: БAnd, this job is in a great location for me. IБve always wanted to move here. Б БAnd, this job is only five minutes from my house, so eliminating the commute I have now will be a wonderful thing. Б БAnd, IБve always used these products, and I just love them. I am really excited about being a part of that. Б Say something that gives you another reason of your own for wanting this job. This interview answer is a fantastic place to let your enthusiasm for the job show. ItБs very appealing to employers, and it gives them one more reason to hire you. Are you ready to get HIRED? Watch our free tutorial Б Б with career expert J. T. OБDonnell to find out whatБs holding you back from getting hiredБ and how to fix it! б Career Coach Peggy McKee is an expert resource and a dedicated advocate for job seekers. Known as the Sales Recruiter from Career Confidential, her years of experience as a nationally-known recruiter for sales and marketing jobs give her a unique perspective and advantage in developing the tools and strategies that help job seekers stand head and shoulders above the competition. Peggy has been named #1 on the list of the Top 25 Most Influential Online Recruiters by HR Examiner, and has been quoted in articles from CNN, CAP TODAY, Yahoo! HotJobs, and the Denver Examiner. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by a Work It Daily-approved expert. You can learn more about expert posts. Photo Credit: