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Why Do You Want to Work for Us? |

Why Do You Want to Work for Us? |

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Ep 623 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tackles this “trip up” question and offers a simple way to answer it. 


Today, I want to talk with you about a tough interview that's actually 1 of the easier ones you'll ever be asked. The question goes something like this: "So, why do you want to work for us?"

I am a number of clients that asked this question and I think it is laughable. Understand that they are trying to find out something about you.

Were you smart enough to do any research before you walked in the door? Were you just being immature and thought you could walk in the cold and impress them?

Here's the basic way to answer the question.

Having done some basic research about the firm that your interview, you're going to pick out 2 or 3 things about them and talk to them about those things. For example, there was a newspaper in New York that I was working with this client. When someone would ask that question, I would ask the D candidate to do this, "WHY WOULD I WANT TO WORK FOR YOU? WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO WORK FOR YOU? YOU ARE A GREAT ORGANIZATION! A LEADER IN YOUR FIELD! YOU HIRE TOP PROFESSIONALS! IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH SOME PHENOMENAL PEOPLE. WHY WOUOLDN'T SOMEONE WANT TO WORK FOR YOU???"a

Can you imagine the response that people got from that? I would talk with their HR people and line managers who would tell me how excited they were about the individual because of how they responded in that way.

Again, do some research before the interview, find out a few positive things about the organization you are talking with, then, in your most enthusiastic and and excited manner, describe why you want to work for them like I did in the previous instance.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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