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.
 
2. Why do you want to work in this organisation – in this role? 
 
or: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. To see if you have studied their web site, reports, and press releases
  • To check if you have a positive intention with positive drivers. What is your purpose in seeking this role?
  • To verify if you have a clear understanding of the role. Have you a realistic view of yourself as a good ‘fit’ with this role?
  • To see if the role fits into your career plan and whether your experience and competencies fit with the needs of the hiring organisation.
  • To understand how specifically you can contribute to this company in this role
  • To find what you will be positively and generously motivated to bring to this organization
  • To probe how interested you are – 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/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)
  • Prove that 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 and your intended contribution

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