What do you think about the following responses to the interview question, "So…why do you want to work here?"
Each of these responses might be true enough, but chances are pretty good that they won't land you the job. And although I’m being a bit silly with those responses–I know that our readers are much more savvy than that–what would be a better answer?
Many candidates have no idea of the positive impression they create when an employer sees that the candidate has thoroughly researched the company they are interviewing with. Part of why they are impressed is because not nearly enough candidates take the time to get to know a company before the interview. So here are a few tips to get you started on that.
After you've done a thorough review of the company, your response to the question, "Why do you want to work here," will likely be more refined, intelligent, and impressive. Compare the answer below to those at the beginning of this article:
"As you can tell from my resume, I've focused much of my career on embedded systems development in the medical devices industry. When I saw the posting for this position, I suspected that this might be a good match. I took the opportunity to review your Web site and was very impressed with your product line. Additionally, a review of your annual report clearly demonstrated that you are a stable and growing company as well as a leader in this industry with innovative products. I also couldn't help but notice that the reviews I read demonstrated that your existing products are being very favorably received by the public. When I originally read the requirements for the position, I had no doubt that my skills and experiences were an excellent match, and that I could make a significant contribution. But after a thorough review, I have no doubt that this is a company I could truly feel good about working for."
With an answer like that, you'll certainly set yourself apart from the competition!
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