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by Paddy Collins on August 1st, 2017


This is the second of the series of typical interview questions. For each question we will outline why the interviewer is asking the question and how the interviewee should respond to it.

Our suggestions should be treated as guidelines, always adapt them to your personal judgement of the situation and to your own particular experience and individual style.

Why do you want to work in this organisation – in this role?

Or quite similar:

What would it mean for you to get this job?

Why is this question asked?

– To find if you have researched the company, including ethos, culture, structure, growth, profitability. Have you studied their web site, reports, and press releases?

– Have you a positive intention with positive drivers? What is your purpose in seeking this role?

– Have you a clear understanding of the role? Have you a realistic view of yourself as a good ‘fit’ with this role?

– Does it fit into your career plan and does your experience and competencies fit with the needs of the hiring organisation? Are you (and how) are you ready now?

– Can you (and how specifically) contribute now to this company in this role?

– What will you be positively and generously motivated to bring to this organization?

– How interested are you – do you really want this job?


How to answer?

– Show your enthusiasm, interest, ‘heart’ for the job

– Show you understand the organisation and the challenge of the role – prove you have done your research!

– Good opportunity to compliment the employer (with honesty) – tell them they are one of the best employer’s in a specific area, explain why you think this department contribution/role is important

– Link organisational values with your own – e.g. excellence, innovative, green energy, learning

– Outline what the employer will gain by you contributing to it – highlight the added value you bring (try to identify some timely, specific, relevant areas you know you can contribute to e.g. managing change)

– Identify what you will learn, how you will be developing your career – a natural next step

– Show you are ready – that you have worked to actively develop yourself towards this point – and that this particular role is a further development opportunity for you

– Show fit between your career progression + what you will contribute (focus on your intended contribution)

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