It seems pretty straightforward, but when asked in a job interview, many candidates struggle to answer the question of why they want the position they’re applying for. For some, it may be difficult simply because it’s a broad question. Others may miss getting to the root of what the interviewer is really asking; “Why do you want this particular job at this particular company and what will you bring to the table?”
Fortunately, “why do you want this job,” is a relatively easy question to answer when you include three key components. Having a solid understanding of the company, showcasing your skill set and tying it together with how you can make an impact will help you craft the perfect answer for this tricky job interview question.
Understand the company.
When answering, “Why do you want this job,” it’s important to know not only about the job itself, but also about the company. Before your interview, take some time to research the company. Visit their website and social media profiles. Read through their mission and vision statements. As you’re doing your research, it’s also a good idea to read through the job description of the position you’re applying for. This will help you not only learn more about the company, but also help you start to get a feel for where your skill sets will align with the company needs and goals. What excites you about the company or the job itself? Tell the interviewer! It’s important to express genuine interest in the opportunity.
Example: “I’m really excited about this position. The company core values of never giving up and locking arms to achieve goals really resonate with me. I also believe that my skills are well aligned with what you are looking for.”
Show your skills.
Once you have a good understanding of the company and position that you’re applying for, use that knowledge to tell the interviewer why your skills are a good fit for the role. Make sure you highlight some of the required skills and experiences listed in the job description. For example, if you’re applying for a sales manager position that requires at least one year of sales experience and strong communication skills, you may want to highlight that you’ve had more than two years of industry experience that included managing a small team of people at your previous job. Showing your skills and how they line up with the job requirements will help tell the interviewer why you want to work for them.
Example: “My background and experience align very well with this role. I have two years of experience working in both inside and outside sales. I also managed a small team of people at my previous company which gave me the opportunity to really grow my leadership and communication skills.”
Tell how you can contribute.
You’ve talked about the company and why your skills are a good match for the position, now tie it all together by telling the interviewer how you will contribute to the organization. What will you bring to the company? How can you help the organization reach its goals? If you have ideas on how to solve a problem, let the interviewer know. If you’re able to cut costs or help train additional employees, make sure to work that into your answer too.
Example: “I’m excited for the opportunity to join the organization on its mission of positively impacting lives by working with clients to provide an excellent sales experience and outstanding customer support. I have some great ideas on how we can break into some new markets and create more business opportunities in our healthcare division.”
Ready to tie it all together?
Example: “I’m really excited about this position. The company core values of never giving up and locking arms to achieve goals really resonate with me. My background and experience align very well with this role. I have two years of experience working in both inside and outside sales. I also managed a small team of people at my previous company which gave me the opportunity to grow my leadership and communication skills. I’m excited for the opportunity to join the organization on its mission of positively impacting lives by working with clients to provide an excellent sales experience and outstanding customer support. I also have some great ideas on how we can break into some new markets and create more business opportunities in our healthcare division. All in all, I would love to be considered for this role.”
Answering, “why do you want this job,” may seem tricky, but researching the company ahead of time, showcasing your skill set and putting it all together by stating how you can and will make an impact on the organization will help you create an answer that impresses your interviewer and lands you that job.
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Very good information. Thank you for sharing
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I liked this rile for the opportunity it provides to help people that fits and ties into my character. It also provides a ability to present all my skills I have acquired in my 37 years of life. My experience in call centers. My experience as a customer service agent. It also show cases my leadership and experience in my general office skills with the opportunity to learn from others in the role.
Thanks again for the opportunity.
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Because I know that I will be able to help the company grow the Medicare membership of the companies they represent.
I will do it in compliance with The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) guidelines without any write ups.
I will also be sure to explain all the prospects options so the fully understand all their benefits available in their area.
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I look forward to my interview on Thursday morning and I have found
these tips to be very helpful in preparing for the phone interview.
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I’m a ppl person I love helping others , I’m a kind friendly face that has helped so many and thru my jobs learned to be an extrovert and help many more folks .
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Makes a lot of sense. I’ve interviewed candidates for Medical Assistant positions my company was hiring for. When asked this particular question perspective candidates seemed as though they were caught of guard and weren’t sure how to answer.
Thanks for sharing your experience and feedback, Sandra! It’s definitely a question that can throw people off. We hope you enjoyed our tips!
I would want the job because I like helping people. Also, I love doing this type of work it makes me feel good because I feel like I can help improve whatever we are lacking or how to make things better for the customer or patient.
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I’d rather answer directly and frankly
So do not complicate what is simple
If hiring manager doesn’t see my qualifications
Then no matter what my answe is, he will differ me away
Thanks for joining the conversation, Fehmi! The purpose of asking, “why do you want this job,” is usually to get a good idea of what you will bring to the organization. Telling the interviewer how you can help the company achieve their goals is a great way to do that.
Great answers, thank you.
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I can fit on the position for my knowledge and experience.
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Very good 🤠
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The best answer is “It beats unemployment.”
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Very important tips. Very well written with details to land the position you are applying for. Thank you so very much.
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After reading the companies 5 values it was refreshing. Especially integrity. Having served in the military it is one value along with my parents that is instilled in me and a value I feel patients want.
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I think what the job in Medix will give me a lot of opportunities to obtain my goals.
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This a very informational resource.
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Hope you will be good there. I want to join your company for better future. I have thirteen year experience in warehouse and six year experience in Human Resources. If you will give me a chance I will try to do my best. I am ready for your job rules and thanks you’re response my email.
Thanks & Regards
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I have over 25 years experience in billing.At this stage in my life I would like the opportunity to deal with patients face to face . I try to make every patient feel like they are the only patient .I have similar experience in the past and I would love to pass that on to others .
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Thank you for these important and useful email, these tips are very helpfull for a sucessful interview.
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I am a responsible wise man that can bring the wisdom that I have to the younger people that are in the company, along with my willingness to follow orders, from my experience that I have in serving in the military as a marine corps veteran. AND I am a hard, smart worker whom by the way believe in safety first
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I like medical research work involved in human health.
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I have been Asked this Question and After Responding ,I asked the interviewing Agent Why did you select Me For This Position
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What Made Me stand Out From the Applicants
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I want this job because I have over 4 years experience in the medical field I am a dedicated person and a consistent person also reliable I k ow I will be a great fit for this job I am someone you guys will not regret hiring
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The reason I like this job is because I’ve acquired what’s exactly the company is looking Iooking for and I’m the rightfully person for this position
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This is AWESOME ADVICE!!!! Because this is certainly one question I personally stuggle with. Inside I know WHY I WANT THE JOB, but explaininng it so I dont sound like a person who isnt qualified for the position is another thing.. lol
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