Interview 7: Why Do You Want to Work Here?

For the best result, make sure you have read this article and already have a write-up of your answer prior to your Cambly session. You can send a longer text to your tutor through Cambly’s messaging system.

This following content has been modified from LiveCareer. See the original article here.


Guideline

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What the Hiring Manager Is Really Asking…

The question, “Why do you want to work here?” lets the hiring manager know how much research you’ve done and if you know what the job involves. Your answer should show that you’ve prepared well for the interview and that you respect the organization.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Have you researched the organization well?
  • Review the job description so you know every detail.
  • Think about what makes the organization a great fit for you.

Guideline

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Points to Emphasize

In researching the organization, highlight these topics:

  • Something unique about the organization that you appreciate and why.
  • How your skills and experience fit in with the organization’s identity.
  • The organization’s mission statement.
  • The positive aspects of the organization you are passionate about.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Find something unique about the organization.
  • Review the organization’s mission statement.
  • Think about how your skills and passions fit in with the organization.

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Mistakes You Should Avoid

To answer this question well, avoid these common mistakes:

  • Don’t come across as overly passionate about how amazing the organization is. Focus on the aspects that you sincerely appreciate about the company.
  • Don’t say reasons like ‘you need the money.’ It’s rude and shows the hiring manager that you’re not interested in working for more meaningful reasons.
  • Don’t enter the interview without researching the organization first.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Select the aspects of the organization that you genuinely appreciate
  • Review your research on the organization
  • Does your reason include things such as ‘just a paycheck?’ If so, change your answer.

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Sample Answer

Here’s an example in answering the question, “Why do you want to work here?”:

“In reading the company’s mission statement, I feel like the organization’s goals and values align well with my skills and values as well.”

Be sure to add details and examples to show you’re well qualified.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Write the first draft of your answer with your tutor.
  • Are there any words or phrases that you are not comfortable pronouncing?
  • Now rehearse with your tutor until you are comfortable answering the question without the script.

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