Tough Interview Question 4: Why do you want to work for our company?

by Chris Durst     Jan. 8, 2020

Interviewers who want to know if you’ve taken the time to research their company will often toss this question in. If you’re ill-prepared, they’ll spot it.

“I really like your company,” is not enough of an answer.

Before your interview, take some time to get to know more about the company. Review their “News/Media” page to see what they are doing that they consider to be newsworthy. If they have a blog, read it. Dig in!

As you learn about the company, consider the following:

  • Is there something you admire about the way they do business? (environmentally-friendly, ground-breaking initiatives, front-runners in their industry, humanitarian initiatives, etc.)
  • Do you share common values with the company?
  • Do the job responsibilities of the job align with your personal interests or hobbies? (For example, an athlete applying for a job with a fitness company, a furniture maker applying with a lumber company, etc.)

Once you’ve done your homework, you can deliver an answer that:

  1. Shows the interviewer you’ve researched the company,
  2. You are a great fit for their corporate culture and/or mission, and
  3. Have skills and experience that will support the company’s goals.

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