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Top Interview Questions and Answers

Why do you want to work for this organization?

Alternative and related questions:

What is it about our organization that attracts you?

The meaning behind the question:

The interviewer is analyzing your motivations and probing your expectations of their organization. Why do you want to work for them in particular? While this question doesn’t directly ask what you know about their organization, in order to be able to answer it effectively you are clearly going to have to demonstrate that you have done your homework.

Your answer:

If you have done your research properly you will already be fairly well-informed as to the organization you are applying to join. However, the key to answering this question is how to communicate that knowledge to the interviewer while tying it in with why you want to work for them.

Your focus should be on what in particular attracts you to their organization. We’ll cover the closely related but more generalized question, “What do you know about us as an organization?” in the next chapter.

Example:

I’m particularly attracted by how progressive an organization you are. I’ve seen how your sales levels have grown the past few years and I’m aware of your plans to expand into the United States. Yours is an organization which is rapidly developing and evolving - and that’s exactly what I’m looking for. I want to work for an organization which is forward-thinking and isn’t afraid to tackle new challenges.



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More top interview questions and answers

 

Can you tell me a bit about yourself?

Why have you applied for this vacancy?

Why do you wish to leave your current position?

Why do you want to work for this organization?

What are your strengths?

What are your weaknesses?

What has been your greatest achievement/accomplishment?

What can you, above all the other applicants, bring to this job?

Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

You've mentioned x under the Interests & Activities on your resume. Can you tell me a bit more about that?

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