Why do you want to work at our company?

During interviews, the interviewer may ask you “Why do you want to work at our company?”, or ask similar questions such as “What do you know about us?” “What do you know about the role?” and “What have you heard about our organization?” Of course, you can’t say that you’ll work for any company that will hire you, even it is true. So, why do you want to work at that company?

If you’ve actually wanted to work for the company, and specifically applied there then this question should be a breeze to answer. However, if that is not the case, then you are bound to get hung up on this question like nearly everyone else.

The purpose of asking this question is to find out why you are interested in the company and why you are interested in the job. The interviewer wants to see that they are not just another company among hundreds that you submitted your resume to; they what to see that you actually want to work at this company and in this job. They want to ensure that they are not a stepping stone for you on your search for the ideal job, that they are your ideal job and that you are their ideal employee. Companies spend a lot of money on hiring and training a new employee. They also lose a lot of money why an employee leaves. They want to ensure that that is not you, that they are spending the money on the right candidate.

To effectively answer the question, you need to do some research about the company and the job before your interview. Try to find some points or initiatives undertaken by the company which line up with your own beliefs or concerns. For example, utilizing green energy or using renewable resources, scope of international growth, etc. Use this to highlight that you’ll be a great fit in the company as both you and the company have similar objectives or are working towards similar goals. Maybe something along the lines of: ‘I’d be honored to play a small part in helping the company work towards such honorable goals’.

You need to show that you know about the company, that you have done your research. Your answer should convey to the interviewer that you would be honored to work here, even if you don’t honestly care.

However, try to pick actual goals or objectives that you agree with or are passionate about, because you’ll be left speechless in case they ask follow up questions, such as oh when did you get involved in this, or when did you figure out you were passionate about this and why? And you don’t want that to happen, because if you can’t answer, then kiss the job goodbye.

The interviewer wants to know how serious you are about the position. Do you look at it as just a job, or as part of your career? Will you actually be exited to work here? Will you be passionate? So, you need to somehow show that yes you are serious, and that you have done your research and that you are not looking to just fill a space but do actually want to work there.

Example:

I would love to work at this company. I feel like the risks that this company takes in the market really make it stand out as an industry leader. The acquisition of XYZ Company despite against market advice really paid off for the company, as it increased its revenue by 50 %. I want to be part of such as culture which prompts you to take risks, to be bold and daring. I feel like this king of culture really helps grow market leaders rather than just stock employees.

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