How to Answer "Why Do You Want to Work Here?"

Kim Costa |
Categories: Interviewing

Today we’re going to be tackling the dreaded question, “Why do you want to work here?”

This is a very common question and chances are in almost every job interview you go on, you’ll be asked this question.

“Because I’m broke and I really need the money!”

As tempting and honest as that may be, what they really want to know is if you’re looking for their job or if you’re looking for just any job. If you come across as desperate and needy, then it just looks like you’re going to take anything that comes along and you may leave them if a better opportunity arises.

Your best bet is to focus on the company itself. I recently talked to Reisha, a hired Snagajob member who was hired at Kohl’s during a group interview. They went around the room and asked everyone the same question. When the, “Why do you want to work here?” question came up, everyone responded with answers like, “Honestly, I’ll do anything! I just really need the money!”

In order to set herself apart, Reisha said:

“I want to work here because I admire your staff’s friendliness and I want to be a part of that.”

She focused on the company itself and focused on what she admired about them, their customer service, something they take very seriously.

Keep your answers about them and how well the two of you can work together. Make sure you do your research on the company before you go in for the job interview. Take a look around at their website and see if they’ve won any awards, maybe for how they treat their employees or how they treat their customers. These are things you can specifically mention when answering the “Why do you want to work here?” question that show that you take your job search seriously and really want this job.

“I’ve been a fan of Build-a-Bear for years now and I think that this is a great place to put my customer service skills to work. In fact, I saw on your website that you won an award for being a great place to work, and every time I’ve been in your store I’ve seen how happy your employees were. I would love to join your team.”

The three things to remember in order to answer this question well are:

  1. Talk about how much you admire the company.

  2. Talk about what a great fit you would be in the position

  3. Show that you’ve done research on the company itself.

Interviewing can be stressful and the best advice we can give you is to practice, practice, practice! It will help ease some of your nerves so you can go in with the confidence that you know what’s coming ahead.

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