When you apply for a job, employers always want to know why you are interested in the vacancy. So it is very common for employers to ask “Why do you want this job?” in an interview. The purpose of this question is to know your job expectations and why they should offer you the job.
The Undercover Recruiter shares four key steps in selling yourself into the job.
- Flattery will get you somewhere
Before the interview, find out as much as you can about the company/organization, the culture, and the people working for the company.
A little bit of flattery will get you somewhere. Start your answer with a short statement on why you’d like to work with the company and what you really like about it.
- Share what you know about the job
Impress the interviewer by sharing what you know about the job posting. This shows that you are genuinely interested in understanding the responsibilities of the position.
- Relate your achievements to the job
Interviewers and employers will appreciate your efforts to relate your achievements to the job you are applying for. This indicates you are equipped with the required skills to do the job well.
- Prepare a rebuttal statement
Expect follow-up questions that may question your suitability to the job. Always wrap your answers around the fact that you are genuinely excited to be working with them and that the skills you have can meet the job requirements. This will help ease concerns about why you’re perfect for the job.
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