Recently Asked Interview Question – Why did you apply for this position?

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When they ask “why did you apply for this position?”, pick something specific that interested you. If you say you love their products, tell them why. That’s the key to giving a convincing answer for this job interview question.

Stay away from sounding like you’re desperate, or that you want just any job. Yes, if you were laid off it’s okay to say that, but then re-focus the conversation on exactly what you’re looking for in the next opportunity and why you feel their company might have it.

You need to sound like you want the RIGHT job and that you’re being picky. Companies want the best performers, and the best performers are picky in their job hunt. Stay away from negatives and complaints too. Don’t bad-mouth your current company or boss. Focus on the positives of the company you’re interviewing with.

Do:

-Make them feel like you’re interested in them for a specific reason
-Show you’ve done your research and understand what the job involves
-Phrase everything as a positive. Don’t badmouth your current situation, just talk about what you hope to gain by coming to work for them (experiences, challenges, opportunities).

Don’t:

-Say you just need a job in general
-Explain that you’re unemployed and just need to find work
-Say you just need money or have bills to pay so you need work
-Badmouth your current boss or company and sound like you just want to leave there, however you can
-Sound desperate, or sound like you will take any job you can get and you don’t care what it ends up being
-Mention any other personal reasons like “I need to find a shorter commute.”

Example answer 1:

“Since beginning my career, I’ve wanted to work for a larger organization in this industry, and I know you’re one of the leaders in this space. I’m very interested in your products/services, especially the mobile applications you’re building recently, so I’d be excited to come here and grow my skills with an organization like yours.”

Example answer 2:

“I’ve heard great things about the work environment here from a few colleagues. And when I saw this job posting, it seemed to match my skills very closely. For example, I saw on the job description that you need somebody who’s an expert in Java programming. This is what I focused on in both of my previous positions, and was even the focus of my academic work before graduating university. I consider myself an expert in Java and it’s a skill I hope to continue specializing in.”

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