You’re in the interview and they ask, “so, why did you apply for this position?”
What do you say? Fortunately you’re about to find out exactly what to say in this scenario to impress them.
Here are the steps to follow when answering the question.
Explain what you’re looking for in your job search (something specific that will advance your career, etc.)
Tell them something you noticed about THEIR job
Tie steps 1 and 2 together and explain how their job fits what you’re looking for in your career. It’s even better if you also show them how your previous skills will help THEM if they hire you (“I was reading the job description and noticed you mention ___ a few times. This is really exciting to me because ___, and my past experience with ___ will help me contribute immediately in this group”)
It really is that simple. If you use the formula above you’ll ace this question, for a few reasons:
Let’s look at a word-for-word example now…
“Great question. Right now I’m looking for more leadership, since I’ve been in my current position for 4 years managing projects across our department. I saw on your job description that this person you hire will manage 4-5 projects, and will also have the chance to train a team of their own in the future and get into direct management. That’s something that excites me a lot, and unfortunately my company can’t offer that right now, so that’s a major reason that I wanted to apply for this job in particular. I think my past experience leading projects would help me contribute immediately in this role. Can you tell me more about what type of leadership role that this position can grow into in the long run?”
As a bonus, you can end your question with a question of your own. I did that in the example above. It’s one of the strategies I recommend in my job interview answer guide because it turns the interview into a back-and-forth dialogue, instead of a nerve-racking interrogation.
Now, before I wrap up this article, let’s cover a few mistake and things to avoid:
And every other similar question they’ll ask you in your interview.
Note: you can also use this same 3-step formula to answer “Why do you want this job?”
It’s a slightly different question but the exact same technique works to answer it. If you need more help with that question, the link above will take you to a separate article with a video to help you.