Job Interviewing Question: Why Do You Want To Work For This Company?
The first answer that comes to mind is, "Because you have an opening, and I need a job." While this may be the truth, it is not an answer that will get you points in a job interview. The interviewer is looking for an answer that indicates you have thought about where you want to work, and are not just sending out your resume to any company that has an opening. Doing research on the company and industry before the interview will make you stand out as a more informed and competent applicant.
It's all in how you say it
Annette is the first candidate interviewed for the position of HR Manager. When she is asked this question she replies,
"I always wanted to work for this company. I not only love the product but, have used it for many years. This job would be perfect for me, a real opportunity for me to grow and develop."
Annette's answer begins well, but then shifts to what she can get out of the experience instead of what she has to offer. The answer would be stronger is she were to indicate that she had done research on the industry and the company, and could discuss more than her experience with the product.
James is another candidate and answers more directly.
" Based on the research I have done, this company is an industry leader. When I visited the website, I found some very impressive information about future work planned here. I was also impressed with the backgrounds of the founders, and the current financial statements. This is a company I have been looking for, a place where my background, experience, and skills can be put to use and make things happen."
Job Search Can Feel Very Hopeless
If you've been in job search for more than a few weeks you may be experiencing the feelings of defeat and despair, not to mention the urge to give up. It's been a tough year, and then some, for those who have lost jobs for whatever reason. Interviewing with no second interviews or offers coming in begins to wear thin - very fast.
Here are some tips to keep your spirits up when you're feeling down during this process.
1. Don't give up.
You may have heard some of these stories before but they remain inspirational.
- Thomas Edison patented 1,093 inventions in his lifetime, but it took him 10,000 attempts to make an electric light bulb work.
- Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse series failed to become an instant hit, but he kept trying and in 1928 he added sound and made it an electrifying success.
- Milton Hershey failed several businesses before he became the "Chocolate King" and built Hershey town. He even went bankrupt in his first business venture.
(Source "Milana Leshinsky" - http://www.accpow.com.)
These are great "successes-after-failure stories" that couldn't have happened if these people hadn't continued to pursue their dreams. Anyone can give up - that's easy! The challenge is to pick yourself up after a failure and move forward. That is what will set you apart from "the pack."
How To Handle a Panel of Interviewers During a Job Interview
The best way is to handle a panel of interviewers is to take them on one at a time. The board or panel is not one entity, but several individuals coming together with the common goal of hiring the best candidate for the job. At the same time, each person has his own agenda or department's interest at heart. For example, the HR manager will be checking to make sure you are a good fit with the culture and people working at this company. The hiring manager will want to know about your technical skills or business know-how. And the person from accounting will want to know if you are savvy enough to operate a business budget.
The Words You Use During Your Job Interview Send a Strong Message
The words you use to express yourself say more about you than you think. In fact, your vocabulary and the use of appropriate words say more about you than the message you are trying communicate. You are judged by the words you use. When you are looking for a job it is not only important to use the "right" words and language - it is essential.
It begins with the writing of your resume and continues in the way that you answer the questions asked in an interview. Each industry uses "key words" or "lingo" for each position. In order to be prepared it will be important for you to research these words and to use them appropriately. If you do you will sound more knowledgeable and "in-the-know."