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Why do you want to work here?

On21/ 06 /18
So you’ve made it – you’re attending an interview for your dream role. Everything is going smoothly, your interviewer seems to be impressed with your professional experience to date but wants to ask you just one more fundamental question – why do you want to work here?

The “why do you want to work here?” question is important to hiring managers as they are eager to determine which candidates really want their job and whether they would fit in with the culture at their company. We cover three top tips for helping you to prepare an impressive answer:

1. Do your homework

To give you an edge over the competition, arrive at your interview well prepared and do your research beforehand. Start off by visiting the website of the company you’re being recruited for to learn about its core values, experience and long-term mission. It’s also a good idea to visit the employer’s social media profile to learn more about the most recent updates. This means that in the interview you will be able to reference something specific instead of pointing out some general accomplishments.

2. Think about your personal goals

While preparing the answer, think about your personal goals and align them with company objectives. For example, if you’re interested in professional development and the company you’ve applied for offers perks such as fully funded courses, make sure you take the opportunity to discuss this.  

If you feel that the information you’ve managed to gather is too generic, try to pull out a couple of company qualities that you admire most and recognise them in yourself. For instance, if the company’s core mission is to provide an excellent customer service, you might want to mention that this as a value you find very important too. This will prove that not only is the company a good match for you, but you are a good match for them too. 

3. Common mistakes to avoid

When answering the “why do you want to work here?” question, some job seekers might be tempted to note financial benefits or may provide a general answer that could apply to any position. This might be, for example, something along the lines of “I believe that I will add a value”. Instead of providing a glib response, focus on yourself and get a strong grasp on what you can contribute to the company so you can tailor your answer to the role’s requirements. 

For more interview tips, visit our blog section. Looking for your next opportunity? Upload your CV here or register to be emailed each time we have a job that might be a great fit for you!
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