A common question you’ll be asked in virtually any job interview is: Why do you want to work here? Preparing to answer this question is essential, as it could be what makes or breaks you receiving a job offer from your prospective employer.
And if there was a time when a recruiter or hiring manager considered not asking this question, that time has passed. With the recent Great Resignation and so many voluntarily leaving their jobs, employers want to know that you want to work for their organization for the right reasons — they want to know that candidates want to be with their organization for the long term vs. being a mere stop gap until you find a better opportunity that suits you.
Interviewers might ask the question at any point during the interview, though it’s likely to be asked early on. Other forms of “Why do you want to work here?” that you might be asked include:
One way to prepare for how to answer interview questions is to be clear on what not to say. There are some answers that employers definitely don’t want to hear when you’re asked “Why do you want to work here?” Examples include:
“I saw the job posted and thought it would be a great stepping stone to better things in my career.” A response like this is not only self-involved and all about you, but it also indicates a lack of loyalty and that you are focused on how you’ll move forward vs. being focused on the present, indicating you’ll quickly move on to another company if a “better” position comes along.
“I really need a job and this one looked decent.” This type of response is honest, but it demonstrates a lack of interest in and commitment to the role and company. It might also prompt concern that you’ll move on to another job as soon as you find one more interesting.
“I know your company offers a solid compensation and benefits package.” If your primary motivation is money, which is what an answer like this would make you sound like, then an employer likely won’t want to hire you. Yes, employers understand that benefits are a top consideration for candidates, though they don’t want it to be the top reason for accepting a position.
The best way to answer “Why do you want to work here?” will be based on the company and job you’re applying for. Regardless, your answer should consider what you have to offer the company and why the company would want to hire you. To help you craft your answer, ask yourself the following questions:
To answer these questions fully:
Here are a few examples of how you might respond to “Why do you want to work here?” You can take these examples and use them as a starting point to come up with your own responses.
These guidelines and example answers will help you prepare for your interview and craft your own, original thoughtful responses to “Why do you want to work here.” You’re one step closer to landing your dream job.
If you’re ready to make a career move, Advantis Global can help. We work with a large range of companies, from Fortune 50s to start-ups, placing top tech candidates in permanent and contract positions. We will support you in making your skills shine on your resume and also offer interview coaching to help you prepare. Submit your resume or apply for a job on our website to get connected to a recruiter.