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Interview question: answers to why you want this job

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We’ve been looking at interview questions and answers. Now we take a look at the questions you can expect about WHY you want the job and just how interested you really are.

Time to show some enthusiasm!





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2. Questions about your work experience and knowledge

3. Competency-based questions


Are you applying for any other jobs?

This could be a yes or no answer, but the interviewer wants you to EXPLAIN. They know that you’re likely to be applying for a number of jobs, what they want is reassurance that THIS is the job you want.

You can say that you are realistic and you may not get this job, hence applying for others, but be very clear that this is the job you want. Emphasise that you're looking in this particular area, and that your job search is focused on a narrow area.

GOOD TIP: You could hint that other companies are interested and you have other interviews lined up, but you want this job because it's a great match for your skills and background.


Why do you want to work for us?

They are seeking assurance that you want to work for this company in this job. They want to know you are genuinely interested in the company and the opportunities this job provides.

You need to demonstrate that you understand what makes this company different from its competitors - show that you have done some research. Think about what really appeals to you about this job and company and how you can stand out from the other people who are applying for this job.

GOOD TIP: Make your passion and interest in this job clear.


Would you accept this job if you received an offer?

The interviewer wants to know that you will say ‘yes’ if you are offered the job. It’s frustrating and costly to have to re-advertise a job. If this role involves a drop in salary they want to be sure you have considered the decision fully.

The most important aspect is to avoid any sign of hesitation in your words, voice or body language. Stress your enthusiasm for the job.


Answers by Denise Taylor, award-winning career psychologist with Amazing People


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