Reasons for Applying to a Job

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During a job interview, the interviewer often asks candidates a question such as, "Why do you want to work here?" or, "Why did you apply to this job?" Interviewers want a deeper answer from candidates other than the "I need a job" answer you might be thinking. On the contrary, prospective employers want to see that you've thought about where you want to work and are not just going to take any job that comes your way. Answering this question requires some thought ahead of the interview date.

Interests and Skills

Interests and Skills
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You can say that your interests and skills match what your employer needs and wants. All jobs have a required set of skills, usually listed along with the job announcement. As a candidate in the interview, you can emphasize these skills and explain that your abilities and past experience will help you adjust to the workload or the job's responsibilities. Also, expressing a passion for the type of career you're about to enter may indicate to the employer that you're dedicated to the industry and not just "looking for a job."

Company Knowledge

Company Knowledge
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Researching the company is always a good idea before you attend your interview, and oftentimes it's expected. Answering the question of why you applied involves looking at your research. Find at least several interesting "facts" or pieces of information that you like about the company, such as its history, what it does or its mission. You can answer the question by discussing this information with enthusiasm, which shows the interviewer you're interested and impressed with the company and its work or goals.

Developing a Career

Developing a Career
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Career development is an important reason that may indicate you're likely to stay with the company. You should have no trouble getting the message across if this is a true statement. Developing your career generally means that you want to and/or are willing to hold the position long term, which is what many companies seek. It also indicates that you've carefully thought about the available job and your prospective employer.

Personal Experience

Personal Experience
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One way to answer the "why you're applying" question is by highlighting your good experiences with the company, its products or services and explaining that the company is one for whom you've always wanted to work. Besides telling the interviewer that it is essentially your "dream company," which makes your answer self-serving, you must also explain how the company can benefit from you. For example, you can say that you waited to apply to the company until you achieved the skills or experience necessary to contribute to the company's growth.

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