Another favourite interview question; another stumbling block.
But what does the employer really want to know?
If you have thrown your CV out to a load of jobs in the hope that by scattering wide, you will simply be able to take the first job offer that comes back, this question will probably catch you out.
It’s easy to see when someone has gone for the “scatter” job hunting approach.
They won’t have invested time finding out about the company because they frankly only want a job and don’t care which company offers it.
The interviewee may well not even have fully considered the role.
And values aligning – forget it.
So, this leads to the types of answers not to be recommended.
“Why do you want to work here?”
Or the good answer, bad bluff…
“Can you elaborate on that and tell us more?”
Someone who really wants to work for the company will have a strongly considered response because they have taken time to research.
They will be able to talk about what motivated them to apply to that specific company, that particular role.
They will have a good understanding of what the company stands for, their mission, their values – and the interviewee will “buy into it” and give examples how they “fit”.
You cannot blag this.
Which is why it is a favourite interview question.