The full question is, “What are you looking for in the next firm that you join or job that you take? What’s going to be most important to you?
Now, there are many different things that you could talk about but you start by talking about, “I want to join a firm where I can feel successful and be successful, where I can help to drive the organization, where I can help and that’s obviously through a leadership role where I can support senior leadership (If you’re in a staff role) with accomplishing their objectives. I want to feel like I’m making a contribution to the success of the firm and that I am successful as well.
“No, I don’t want to ignore the fact that I’m looking for them for a decent compensation, but let’s assume that that’s taken care of. Ultimately, I want to feel like I’m going to get challenged, that I have an environment that I can be successful in and I can drive the success of the organization or support the success of the organization or the efforts for success in the organization (depending upon the level that you’re at within the firm).”
This type of an answer helps to move the ball forward toward the goal line because, again, you can’t make it seem like you’re looking around and just trying to pull something out of your butt. You have to be able to state it with conviction.
When I was in college, I read a book by Max Weber called “The Protestant Ethic.” To summarize what it was about, it was always sent a message that the ethic was, “I want to learn. I want to work hard. I want to get ahead.”
Thus, the theme you should use with this answer is, “I’m prepared to work hard. I want to help support the success of this firm. I want to feel successful. I want to be compensated for it. I’m going to feel challenged and I’d want to help this organization win.“
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020
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