J is for… Job

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J is for… Why do you want this Job?

This question is similar to but not the same as why do you want to work for this Company?, but you could use elements from your answer to boost your response to this question as you will need to cover not only why you want to work for the company, but why you want this specific job/role. Don’t explain why you are looking for a job, talk about why you are enthusiastic to start the exciting new role they have on offer.

They key here is to be enthusiastic and to incorporate prepared research and information revealed at interview to talk about things like:

  • Your enthusiasm for the role
  • how your skills are a good match to what they are looking for and what you could bring to the role
  • why you want to work for the company / their team
  • an interest in the product, service or industry sector

If you REALLY want the job make sure this comes across. Be clear in your mind before the interview why you want the job and use the information obtained at interview to supplement what you already knew. After all you don’t want the feedback post-interview to be ‘we weren’t sure if you really wanted the job…”

Using your career journal will help you find inspiration for Interview Questions and help you prepare, practice and review your answers. This can be a great technique which is why I have chosen to use the A to Z of Interview Questions Posts as Journal Prompts. If you don’t already have a career journal this is the perfect excuse to get started.

 

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