Interviews can be full of all kinds of questions, but there are a handful of favourites that interviewers like to use, so I’ve written a few posts to help you answer them more effectively and this is the first. For example, to create a winning answer to the question ‘Why do you want to work here?’, follow these steps:
1 The company – in your research ahead of the interview, look at the company website, news and reviews so you have something to say about why you like the company, its work, its vision for the future, community work and so on.
2 Talk about what you will bring to the role and be specific. Tie your experience, skills, expertise and approach to the role objectives and remit. Think about including an example as evidence.
3 Then talk about what the role will give you, how it builds on your expertise and experience and fits with your career goals.
4 Close with alignment and culture – say something about how you think the role is an excellent fit for your skills and experience, but also that the culture of the company also fits with your personal values
It’s a very similar structure if you are asked ‘Why do you want this job?’ but in this scenario, you would focus more on steps 2 and 3.
As always with interviews, follow the model RPPR – Research, Prepare, Practise, Review. You are aiming for 2 – 3 minutes, so practise and review until your answer is concise and flows well within that timeframe.
I encourage my clients to practise in front of a mirror and record themselves, ideally on video so they can watch it back. It might be cringeworthy at first, but there is no better insight into how you come across.
If you’d like help with answering interview questions more effectively, keep an eye out for upcoming posts or you can contact me and see where a session of Career + CV Therapy can take you.