Interview Questions: New Job & Company


Why do you want to work here?

To ensure that you are seriously interested in the job and the company, and to find out how much you know about the company, employers ask "Why do you want to work here?"

To answer this question, be prepared and knowledgeable about the company. Spend time researching the company (visit the About Us section of their web site to start), so you can talk about the benefits of working for this employer.  Compare your goals with objectives of the company and the position, then focus on why you would be an asset to the employer.

Let the interviewer know what you can do for the company, if you get a job offer. Even though the question is about why you want to work here, you still need to convince the interviewer that hiring you will benefit the company.

To create your own response, here are some thoughts:

  • This company is internationally known for its 'widgets', and my experience in the 'marketing/planning/production/etc.' of 'widgets' has me intrigued by the opportunity this position presents.
  • The businesses in this area are known for their commitment to the community, and I want the opportunity to participate in making this a better place to live.
  • I am a 'widget' connoisseur, and would love the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for 'widget' with customers.