How to Answer ‘Why Do You Want This Job?’ in an Interview
When you are asked about why you have applied for this role, why you want it etc… start with:
‘This is a great company /organisation because…….’ Everyone likes to be flattered, so tell them why you think they are a good company, what it is you like about the company.
Describe the challenges of the role, even if it is a job that is pretty routine. What are the issues they face in getting someone to do the role well?
Tell them the things that float your boat, the things you have just been doing, the challenges you really enjoy and give some brief examples.
Think about why they might not want to hire you and refute their logic.
So if I was going for a job in my local Co-op shop I might say:
- "I think the Co-op is a great organisation, I admire their ethical stance and I was very impressed when they had no issues over horse meat. That’s the sort of company I’d like to be in. I know you need staff who can work shifts, who are good with customers and who will make sure that the shelves are kept stocked and tidy. I really enjoy working with customers, helping them find things, explaining the difference between products and I hate untidy shops. It’s really important to me to be polite and friendly, when I worked in the garage I tried to get every customer to smile before they left! It has been a while since I have done shop work but I don’t think you lose the passion to please the customer and make sure they always come back – I haven’t."
Remember this is your sales pitch and this is where you can bring together your knowledge of them and your enthusiasm. It is all about why they are great to work for not why you need the job.