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How to Answer “Why Are You Applying for This Position?”
You’re in the interview and they ask you, “why are you applying for this position?”… or “why did you apply for this job?”…
Are you prepared with what you want to say?
In this article I’m going to reveal:
Why employers ask this interview question
How to answer with 3 proven steps
Costly mistakes you need to avoid when answering
Let’s get started…
2 Reasons Employers Ask Why You Applied For This Job
Employers ask questions like, “why did you apply for this job?” or, “why are you interested in this position?” for 2 big reasons.
First, they want to make sure you’ve done your research and know what their job involves.
And second, they want to see if you’ve thought about your own career and know what you’re looking for.
Employers don’t want to hire a candidate who’s applying to every job they can find online. They want someone who’s thought about their career goals and wants a specific type of job (or at least a few different types).
Why? Well, if you seem unsure of what you want, they’re going to be afraid you’ll change your mind, not end up liking their position very much, get bored and quit, etc.
I’ll give you an example:
Imagine they’re hiring a salesperson, and one candidate says they’re looking for all sorts of jobs and aren’t really sure what they want to be doing. They don’t know much about sales jobs, but saw the job posting online and quickly applied because they need to find work.
Now imagine the next candidate says, “I applied for this position because sales is what I want to be doing in my career, and this position seems like a great sales opportunity.”
The company is going to hire that second person every time.
That’s why it’s so important to have a great answer for why you’re applying for this position and why you’re interested in this position.
…And why it’s important to make sure you’re ready to answer other questions like:
“Why do you want this position?”
“What do you know about our company?”
The bottom line is: Employers want to hire someone who cares about their career and has thought about their career path and future.
And they don’t want to hire somebody who doesn’t know much about their particular job or didn’t do any research before the interview… because it shows them you either don’t know what you’re looking for or are desperate and don’t care).
Now that you know why they ask, let’s look at how to answer this interview question…
How to Answer “Why Are You Applying For This Position?”
Now that we’ve looked at the reasons employers ask this interview question, let’s look at how to give the best answer possible while avoiding traps/mistakes that can cost you the job.
There are three steps you should follow when answering, “why are you applying for this position.” Here they are:.
- Explain something specific that you’re looking for in your job search
This can be an opportunity for advancement, a chance to continue building your skills in a certain area (like sales, project management, cancer research, Java programming, etc.), a chance to get involved in a new area (like moving from individual contributor to manager), or any number of other things.
The key is to have something specific you’re targeting, rather than just saying, “I need a job.” No employers want to hear that!
You can name the industry you want to be working in. The type of role. The size or type of company (for example a start-up). There are so many things you can talk about here, but you need to have something to demonstrate you’ve thought about what you want to be doing in your next job.
That’s the first step to being able to answer, “why did you apply for this position?”
And you need to make sure whatever you say fits their job and company. You’ll see why in the next step.
2. Tell them something you noticed about THEIR job that you liked
After you show them you’re targeting specific things in your job search, talk about what caught your interest.
You could mention details you saw on the job description, on the company website, etc. Show them you understand what their role involves and are excited to be doing the work!
Don’t worry if this sounds difficult, I’ll share full answer examples soon.
Here’s the final step, though:
3. Recap what you’ve said to show exactly how their job fits what you’re looking for
This final step is “tying together” everything you’ve said so far.
You’ve told them what you’re looking for, you’ve told them why their job seems interesting, so now you just need to conclude by saying something like, “So that’s why I applied for this job – it seems like an opportunity to build the specific skills I want to be learning in my career, while working in the industry I’m most interested in.”
For this final step, you can also consider adding a bit about how your previous experience will help you do well in their job.
Using the same example ending above, you could add a sentence to the end and say, “So that’s why I applied for this job – it seems like an opportunity to build the specific skills I want to be learning in my career, while working in the industry I’m most interested in. Also, since I’ve been doing this exact type of work for the two previous years in my current job, in this same industry, I’d be able to hit the ground running and start contributing immediately to your team’s efforts.”
That’s one of the main things hiring managers look for and love to hear – the ability to succeed quickly in the job by demonstrating past successes or similar past work.
Here’s why this type of answer will impress the interviewer:
You’re showing them you understand the job and took some time to research. Remember, they want to hire someone who wants THEIR job, not just any job.
And you’re showing them that you’re targeting specific things in your job search. This shows that you care about your career, which they’ll love. Why? Because it means you’re more likely to work hard, put effort into learning, and stay a while (if the job is good!)
And finally, you’re reminding them how you can help them, rather than just talking about what you want.
Why did you apply for this position examples?
Now is the time for you to express your enthusiasm for the company, and the position to which you applied! Express your passion for your field of study or talk about how this role will provide you with the career growth you have been seeking. Be sure to compliment the company and give a strong reason why you want to work for them.
“I applied for this position because I am seeking a more challenging opportunity in my field. Your job posting was especially exciting to me because your organization is well known for its unmatched level of professionalism and growth opportunities. I would be thrilled to work for your company.”
for a Admin interview
“Your organization is a leading player in the e-commerce space. I am an advocate of your platform and frequent shopper of your products. I think I can add a lot of value to this role and am excited to learn more about this online customer support opportunity.
for a Manager interview
“I want to work for a small company with a family-like feel, just like yours. I have always worked in large organizations where I am a number, not an individual. This ‘corporate giant’ type of environment made it difficult for me to flourish as a manager and a leader. I appreciate the workplace culture you have cultivated.
for a Marketing interview
“I have been a client of yours for several years now and targeted your company as a top prospect for which I hoped to work, over a year ago. As soon as this position came up, I knew it was right for me. I was excited to write my cover letter to you and hit send on my application!”
for a Retail interview
“I have shopped here since I was a little girl. My grandma used to take me here, and it’s where I bought my grad dress! To come full circle and work here in the very same department all these years later would be not only exciting for me, but very special. Your store means something to me personally, and I would do everything in my power to make it successful and continue to make special memories for others.
for a Sales interview
“I have been looking for a high-growth startup for quite a while, and your company is what I’ve been seeking in a work environment. You value your people and have an awesome culture centered around achievement, growth, and accountability. You are disrupting an industry that needs some shaking up, and you have science that is allowing that disruption. The energy in here is contagious, which only make me even more excited about the opportunity.”
for a Teacher interview
“Your district is one of the top rated in the state, is considered a thought-leader in the educational community, and it is the district that I grew up attending. So, it’s not only full-circle for me in setting, but also the place where I decided I wanted to become a teacher, so this is an extraordinary opportunity. I have always said I wanted to come back to teach in District ###, so this would be so exciting for me on both a professional and personal level.”
for a Paraprofessional Educator interview
“I applied for this position because I am so excited about the opportunity to work in a school. My goal is to one day become a teacher, and I would be so grateful for the opportunity to learn from the teachers at your school. I have always had a gift for working with young students, and I’m excited to get involved and learn.”
for a Pediatric Nurse interview
“I believe if we think about it, each of us could remember at least one disagreement with a friend or co-worker. Although I consider myself to be pretty easy-going, I am also very passionate about my patients and the care that they receive. I have been aware of disagreements between other co-workers, but really like to think of myself as more of a peacekeeper. I feel like professional people should be able to discuss things logically and come to an agreement that is satisfactory for everyone involved.”
for a Nurse Anesthetist interview
“Your facility stands out from the others in many ways. I was especially drawn to the clinic because of its reputation for offering advanced education opportunities, and the many benefits available for staff including childcare and gym membership. I absolutely see a strong, long term fit here.”
Why do you want this job and why should we hire you?
This section is based on Question and Answer.
HOW TO ANSWER: Why Should We Hire You?
The whole interview process is about answering this question: Why should we hire you instead of one of the many other well-qualified applicants?
Every interview question is an attempt to gather information to inform this hiring decision. Many interviewers will also specifically ask you to make your case with one of these questions:
Why would you be a good fit for this position?
What makes you unique?
Why are you the best person for this job?
Explain why your background and experience would be a good fit for this job.
To close the deal on a job offer, you MUST be prepared with a concise summary of the top reasons to choose you. Even if your interviewer doesn’t ask one of these questions in so many words, you should be prepared to tell them about yourself and communicate your top reasons for why you are the best person for this job.
The interviewer’s job is to hire the best person for the position. Most of the candidates that make it to the interview stage are qualified for the job. The winning candidate must be more than qualified, especially in a very competitive job market.
Every hire is a risk for the company. Your interviewer will also be taking a personal career risk in recommending a particular candidate to hire. If the candidate performs well, Mr. Interviewer looks brilliant and gets a pat on the back (and maybe a bigger annual bonus).
If the candidate turns out to be a dud (doesn’t perform well, doesn’t get along with the team, leaves the job prematurely, etc.), the interviewer looks like a dummy and his professional reputation suffers.
With this question, your interviewer is asking you to sell him on you and your status as the best person for the position. Make his job easier by convincing him that:
You can do the work and deliver exceptional results
You will fit in beautifully and be a great addition to the team
You possess a combination of skills and experience that make you stand out
Hiring you will make him look smart and make his life easier.
This is your chance to wow them with your highlight reel. Your answer should summarize the top three or four best reasons to hire you. It’s better to have three or four strong reasons with memorable descriptions and/or examples than to rattle off a laundry list of twelve strengths without context.
This is an opportunity to reiterate your most impressive strengths and/or describe your most memorable selling points, tailored to align with the top requirements in the job description. Your 3-4 bullet points could include a combination of the following:
Experience in performing certain tasks or duties
Accomplishments and success stories are always good bets, especially if you can describe how a key accomplishment(a successful marketing campaign, for example) demonstrates a desired competency (creativity, results-orientation).
One approach is to mention any unique combination of skills(s) and experience that you possess. For example, many candidates may have strong programming skills, but what if you combine those with the team leadership experience that others don’t have? It sounds like a great recipe for a senior programmer. Explain why in your answer.
Most job seekers should be able to develop a standard answer to this question that can be customized a bit for each opportunity. Here’s how:
Step 1: Brainstorm: “Why Should We Hire You?”
To get started, review the job description (or a representative job description if you don’t have an interview lined up right now) and your resume and ask yourself these questions:
What are the most important qualifications for this position from the company’s perspective?
In which of these areas do I really shine?
What are my most impressive accomplishments?
What makes me different from the typical candidate?
Brainstorm and jot down everything that comes to mind.
Step 2: Structure Your Sales Pitch
Next, choose the 3-4 bullet points that make the strongest argument for you. Use those bullet points to structure your sales pitch. Don’t write a script to memorize — simply capture the bullet points that you want to convey. Each bullet will describe the selling point with a brief explanation and/or example for context.
Keep it concise — you still want to keep your answer in the 1-2 minute range so you won’t be able to rattle off every skill and accomplishment on your resume.
This is your chance to demonstrate to them what you will bring to the position. However, you have to really think about what sets you apart from the competition and explain why your background and experience would be a good fit for this job.
Step 3: Practice
Once you feel pretty good about the points you want to make, it’s time to practice. Again, it’s not a good idea to memorize a script — you can end up sounding like a robot or feel more nervous because of pressure to remember specific wording.
The better approach is to capture your bullet points, study them, and then practice until you feel comfortable talking about them off the cuff. Your answer should come out a little bit different each time, but it should always cover the points that you want to make.