Why do you want to work for us?

 

Woman is waiting for a job interviewFrom a point of view of a job seeker, this is a stupid question. People do not typically have a special preferences for any company. They simply apply for many jobs, go to interviews and try to secure a position in human resources. It doesn’t really matter in which company it will happen. This is especially true if we speak about entry level HR positions.

However, when you are inquired “why do you want to work for us?”, you should think about a point of view of the interviewers also. They know that there are many working opportunities in HR all around the country. There are literary hundreds of job opening available all the time!

But they are looking for someone loyal, for some reasons why you would not leave their company as soon as a a good looking opportunity is available. You should do your best to convince them that it is not just another job interview for you. Convince them that despite the fact that you apply for more jobs, this one is your first choice.

After all, you can leave the company in one month time, or little bit later, if there is a better job opportunity for you. That’s life. People come and leave. But in an interview, they should get a feeling that you would love to stay with them.

Research should help you to find some reasons for the preferences of certain company.

Each company has its identity. The working environment, the values and goals, the branding policy, the hierarchy in the HR. Most of these things are described on the website of the company. You should definitely go there and find some things you like and use it as a reason for the preference in an interview.

Alternatively, if you apply for a job in a very big company, you can say you chose them for an exceptional reputation or because you believe it is the best place for one to learn and grow professionally. Let’s have a look at sample answers.

I sent my job application to five companies and have been invited for an interview in three of them. However, I checked the websites of all companies, as well as feedback on social media, to understand the values, goals and working environment in each institution. Based on my research, I consider your company as the best place to work, as values of your company pretty much correspond with my personal values. So if I get a chance to be employed here, I will accept.

Your company is one of the leading players in the field of corporate audit. I can not imagine a better place to work and learn as this company is. That is the reason why I want to work here and hope to get a chance to prove my skills. Your reputation speaks for itself.

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