How to Answer What Interests You about This Job

When preparing for job interviews, it is important that you consider the types of questions you may be

asked. You then have the opportunity to brainstorm your answers ahead of time, so that you are not caught

off guard during the interview. One question you may be asked is, "What interests you about this job?" This

common job interview question is generally used to gauge your interest in the company and your strengths

as a candidate.

Part 1 of 3: Showing Why You Like the Company

1. Do your research. Before an interview, you should always take time to research the company. Find out

everything you can from the company's website. You can also do an internet news search to see what the

company has been up to lately. Don't forget to look at things like the company's mission statement to get an

idea about what is valued there.

2. Pay attention to the culture. That is, when you're researching, don't just look at the mission statement.

See if you can figure out what kind of culture the place is creating. Maybe they have a relaxed atmosphere

that values creativity. Maybe they prefer a strictly professional atmosphere. You need to know about the culture

so you can show how you fit in.

3. Make notes. While researching, be sure to take some notes. Make an outline of what defines the

company, and what's been going on lately. That way, you have something to refer back to as your prepare for

the interview.

4. Incorporate what you know into your answer. Your interviewer will be impressed you did your research.

However, you don't want to just spew out what you know. Use it to praise the company, and show you want to

work there.

Part 2 of 3: Matching Your Skills with the Job

1. Study the job description before the interview. Reading the job description is the best way to prepare

interview answers that will speak to the company's needs. That is, the company is telling you exactly what they

want from you. You have to show them why you meet those needs perfectly.

2. Identify characteristics you have that align with the job description. It is important that you choose

realistically, as you want to be able to elaborate on your answers during the interview. Use your past experience

to back up your claims.

3. Be sure to write it down. Once again, if you're going to remember what you want to say in your interview,

you're going to need to go over your response a few times. Try printing out the job description and making notes

on it, so you have it in front of you to review.

4. Formulate an answer. Now, when you get in the interview, you must use your past experience to explain

both why you're interested in the job and why you'd be a good candidate at the same time. That means that you

have to phrase your answer as showing interest in the job while working in your good characteristics.

Part 3 of 3: Showing How It Connects With Your Career

1. Decide how this job could fit into your career path. For instance, if it's a design position and it's always

been your dream to be the head of a design department, think about how those two are connected. Connect

what you're doing now with what you want to be doing.

2. Show you will be long term. One thing that you want to do with this step is prove that you are in it for the

long haul. A manager will not want to hire you if she or he thinks you are going to be leaving in a year. Therefore,

show that you plan to be there for a while.

3. Put it together. Finally, put together your answer. Talk about how it connects to your career as the

conclusion to what you have to say. Keep it concise. You don't want to ramble on too long.

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