Why do you want this job?
Updated: Jan 30
This is a question that you should certainly expect is coming. And – to be very honest – this is a question that you should not need to be prodded into thinking through. You should be highly motivated to answer this on your own if you value your time and building a life that you want, rather than one that you get.
3 Strong Reasons
Why bother to even interview if you cannot come up with a compelling answer that is supported by at least 3 strong reasons that can explain and justify perhaps the next 3 years or more of your life? And if the answer is not honestly that you want the job, then do everyone a favor and keep looking until you can gain clarity on exactly what you want as relates to a role and the types of companies that you would be interested in working for.
Remember, you are really looking for the right role at the right type of company for you. The right role at the wrong company (e.g., poor culture fit) will most likely result in dissatisfaction for you and your employer. There is a big difference between a shoestring startup culture headed by a creative type and, say, a big consulting firm that is mired in strict rules and perhaps a more conservative culture.
Don't Waste Precious Time
Even for someone that is in their early 20s and right out of college, time is precious. No one can really afford to waste it, even those who we think can afford to waste a little.
There are so many questions that job seekers need to prepare for and we will talk about many more of them. The reason why this question is a great place to start in this regard is that it really serves a greater purpose beyond simply “prepping for a test question.”
1. It forces you the applicant to honestly ask yourself if you feel the role and the company are a good fit. (Again, if the answer is not an overwhelming yes on both fronts, then do not even bother wasting anyone’s time with the job interview.)
2. The exercise of really thinking through question 1 will help you honestly develop the 3 or more reasons why you want the job and would be a good fit for the job and the company. If you genuinely feel satisfied with your reasons, then you will be properly prepared for this interview question and provide the honest and genuine answers that the hiring manager will need to hear. Most importantly, you will not be wasting your time or the company’s time and you have set up everyone for success rather than failure.
Attached below are some links to other sources that provide direction in this regard. We hope you find them useful.