YouБre in the middle of an interview, and things are moving along beautifully. Your prospective employer seems to like and trust you. YouБve both shared a few stories. And, bonus, you even made your interviewer laugh. All signs point to you getting a second interview. And then, it happens. The hiring manager asks the one question youБve been dreading. ItБs such a simple questionБjust seven little wordsБyet it always feels like some kind of trap. So easy to say the wrong thing and come off sounding arrogant, insecure, unprepared, self-serving, or all of the above. Why do you want to work here? Throughout my career, IБve been on both sides of the hiring table, and IБve heard some pretty awful responses to that question. IБve also heard several gemsБresponses so good, I not only wanted to hire the candidate, I felt like he or she needed a promotion on the spot. If youБre struggling to come up with a strong reply to this common interview question, you can breathe easy.
After years of observation, IБve discovered a formula thatБs (almost) guaranteed to win over the person asking. HereБs how it works. Someone asks, БWhy do you want to work here? Б
[My mentor once said to me] + [weave in one of the companyБs core values] = [that\’s why I want to work here] A mentor of mine once said to me, БIf youБre ever given the choice between a fancy, high paying job at a company run by people with questionable motivesБor a less prestigious job at a company doing good work in the worldБchoose the second option. YouБll always regret it if you donБt. YouБll never regret it if you do. I want to work at a company that is committed to making the world a better place. ThatБs my number one criteria for accepting a positionБthatБs why I want to work here. By using this formula in this way, and specifically quoting a mentor, youБre squeezing a lot of information about yourself into one answer.
Such as as the fact that: You hold experienced and successful people in high esteem. You donБt just listen, but you also make the effort to learn from those around you. YouБve thought deeply about why this job or company is an ideal fit for you. YouБre clearly showing that you not only know and understand the companyБs values, but that you prepared for this specific conversation. YouБre someone worth Бmentoring. Б Someone, somewhere along the way, took notice of you, saw potential, and took you under his or her wing. This translates into your interviewer thinking: БThis person is obviously special. We need her. Б Obviously, you shouldnБt recite the formula verbatim. Substitute a wise statement from an actual mentor from your own life, and adjust the wording accordingly. Make it genuine for you. CanБt think of any wise words from a past mentor?
Never had a mentor? No problem. You can still use this formula. Just tweak the wording so that instead of referencing a Бmentor,Б you sayБ A college professor once said to meБ Back in high school, my track coach always used to tell usБ Growing up, my mom repeatedly said to meБ My very first boss told me something that IБll never forgetБ Once, I had the privilege of meeting [notable public figure] and hearing her speak. On stage, she said something that still echoes in my mind to this dayБ There you have it! It doesnБt matter who youБre quoting, the impact is the same. YouБre piquing your interviewerБs curiosity by telling a story about a person who shaped your life. Plus, youБre weaving in the companyБs values. ThatБs infinitely more interesting than saying, БI just really love, uh, this companyБs mission, you know? Б Photo of. What is your greatest weakness?
Although this question can be seen as putting focus on your negative points, it is merely asked so that the interviewer can assess which areas you need to work on and how you are changing your weak areas to work in your favour. This question can be answered in a positive way by mentioning certain skills that are not critical for the position you are applying for. You can also mention skills or traits that might have been a weakness in the past but mention how you learned from it and how you currently make it work positively in your everyday job. For example: \”I used to struggle with delegating work to others as I would get frustrated when the task wasnвt done to my standards, however I overcame this by trusting the abilities of my colleagues and over time, found it easier to delegate tasks. \”This turns a potential negative point into a positive one and shows that you are willing to seek out your weak points and take action with them.