“Why do You Want to Work Here?”

By, 06/07/2013

The interview process can be stressful for many reasons, especially when it comes down to the face-to-face question-and-answer session. There are always questions you expect and questions you don’t, which can throw you for a loop. One of those might be “Why do you want to work here?

It’s easy to say something generic like “I really like this company” or “Everyone around here seems really nice.” Both are fine, but the interviewer may appreciate a more thought out and in depth answer. This is where doing research on the company ahead of time can really come in handy. A thorough answer might highlight the research you’ve done and explain how the role would benefit from your skillset. A good rule of thumb is 2-3 different reasons you want the job for which you’re interviewing.

There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to questions like this—their purpose is more to gage your general interest level in the position or company and to show the interviewer how much you’ve prepared for your meeting.