As your interview begins, the interviewer often looks you in the eyes and asks: “So you’re interested in this job? Tell us why.” While it may not always be their first question, you need to be prepared to answer some version of the “why do you want this job” question.
Basically you need to help them see you understand the position they’re looking to fill. And that you fit their position in a way that is as much about them as you. With enough reasons for them to believe you’ll find sufficient things there to keep you engaged — and wanting to stay on.
But there’s more…
Beware “bedazzle them” temptation!
For many job seekers, answering this question seems like an invitation to launch into a lengthy story all about you — your hopes and dreams and all kinds of things that might be interesting to share. And may even entertain the interviewer.
But this is a job interview. And you may be losing an opportunity to create a vivid connection between you and the actual job — and leaves an impression they remember. Not just an impression of an interesting person — but an impression of a person they can see working there. A person who gets them and the job … and would fit in well.
So the best answers help interviewers get to know more about the real you than just a name and words on a resume. They’re looking for answers that feel sincere and not an attempt to game them.
Employers look at the whole package. And it helps if they feel you’re being real with them. You’d be amazed how quickly memorized answers and attempts to simply please turn off interviewers.