Recruiters and hiring managers often receive hundreds of applications per job. If you are lucky enough to land an interview, make some effort and research the opportunity. Think about how this job will help you in your career. It's essential for you to know not only what you have to offer them, but what they can do for you.
While your passion and excitement for the job are essential, it's always good to have some hard facts to back it up. For instance, saying 'I have heard great things about your company, and I know I would be a great fit for this job,' is not very specific. If you find recent news articles or press releases which talk about the company's accomplishments, mention how that impressed you.
"I am excited about this opportunity because your values are very much in line with mine. I deeply care about giving back to the community. I also feel like this job will help me reach my goal of working in a management position, because of the leadership opportunities within this role."
"I have had my eye on new administrative openings in your company for some time now. I worked for your organization last year in a temp function and loved the atmosphere. Your customers are friendly, and you have solid procedures which are important to me, as someone who values detail and organization."
"I appreciate the mentality of your other managers and would be thrilled to join an organization that encourages collaboration, mentorship, and career growth. Our management styles will mesh very well."
"I'm interested in your company, and this position in particular, because I've been longing to get into the tech startup space for quite a while. I have researched the many options in our city and chose to apply here because you are disrupting a market that needs disruption. Your culture is top notch, and that comes through very well in your brand story."
"I have looked at your company as the leading star and where I wanted to end up for as long as I can remember. I know that this position will give me the further education, training, and experience that I need to be successful in retail sales."
"I identified your company as "the one" for me over a year ago and have been keeping my eye out for the right position ever since. I know that working here is the best next step to advance my sales career and I am ready to help move your organization to the next big milestone with my years of experience in both marketing and sales. I've been a customer for a long time now, and now I'm itching to be on the inside."
"This is the district I have always wanted to work. Not only is the community the right fit for me, but the role of a Spanish teacher is a dream for me. I love teaching new, and seasoned, Spanish students. Igniting or reigniting their passion for the language. I love making learning fun, and I know that your district values align with my own."
Which personal strengths make you excellent at your job? Advantages can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks. In a work context, your strengths will help you to complete your to-do list, understand client needs, and help you to apply what you have learned in your training. Talk to the interviewer about a couple of your strengths and why those will help you to be successful in this role. If you can tie these strengths into the qualities mentioned in the job posting, even better!
Some great strengths to mention are:
- Tech Savvy
- Flexible in Schedule/Availability
- Persistent and Determined
- Eager for Knowledge/New Skills
"I think my strengths are in my perceptiveness and ability to be observant of the needs of others. These strengths are part of what makes me an excellent performer in a client facing role."
"I have developed many strengths in my career. One strength that consistently stands out is my strong technical skills. I am an expert user of Excel and SAP."
"I am not sure what others would pick, but I feel that my strengths are my dedication, determination, and ability to build long-lasting and trusting professional relationships with the people whom I lead. I look forward to using these skills in my role in your organization."
"I believe my greatest strength lies in my analytical and creative mind. I have worked in many ways to cultivate my creativity. I feel that understanding both sides of the business sets me apart in a unique way, as others tend to either be creative or analytical. Also, I leverage my years in sales when I create marketing collateral to be the most effective for my clients."
"My strongest skills that help me on a daily basis are my people-skills, and the ability to close a sale without being pushy. I relate to the customer, get to know them and their needs, build excellent rapport and can make solid recommendations that suit them. They buy, return, and repeat. And it is something I enjoy a lot. I love to see my regulars, hear about their lives, help them look and feel their best!"
"I think my greatest strengths are in my communication skills- both written and oral. I also have a winning personality. I use these strengths daily for email pitching, phone call pitches or customer follow-ups, and then in person site visits."
"I think my passion and joy for teaching, and for my students, are my strongest assets. I truly enjoy what I do every single day, and I know that is a blessing and gift that most people don't have. I consider it a strength- I recognized my calling to teach early on, and I followed my internal desire to be a mentor to children."
If you are interested in working for this company, you must be prepared to highlight the main reasons why you are excited about the opportunity. In which ways do they stand out from their competitors? Don't forget to tell the interviewer that you want the job!
Perhaps this company offers an excellent continuing education program, excellent health benefits, or an irresistible growth plan. Highlight a couple of the reasons why you want to work for this company and be sure to close your statement with an expression of pure enthusiasm.
"The primary reasons your company stands out to me include your focus on employee development and continued education. You have a strong reputation for nurturing the human resources that you have. I would be so grateful to work here."
"Your company has an impressive industry reputation, and I would be thrilled to learn from your leadership team, and be in a support role to them. From my research, I find that you are very involved in the community and put a lot of efforts into developing your employees."
"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."
"As I mentioned before, this is a calculated move in my career. A year ago, I decided to work towards a new position and began researching potential marketing agencies that would be a good fit. Since then, I have had your agency on my short list and have been waiting for the right opportunity to become available. I am beyond excited about your marketing coordinator position and think that I can leverage my skill set in a unique way for your business."
"You are the undeniable giants in the industry. I have been planning my job here since I graduated with my business admin degree. I now feel that I am ready to accelerate my career by making this move. There are so many growth opportunities here, and that truly excites me."
"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."
"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."
The interviewer wants to gauge if you can maintain healthy relationships in the workplace. They want to know more about the dynamics with your coworkers. Think about what you enjoyed about some of your relationships with past coworkers. Excellent communication, sense of humor, and support are all great qualities that make co-worker relationships healthy and harmonious.
"I get along great with my coworkers. I try to maintain a positive attitude and be supportive, whether I am offering to assist someone who is overwhelmed, or if I am taking time to listen to someone who is having a bad day."
"I have never had an issue when it comes to getting along with others at work. I am a conscious communicator and am sure always to express myself in a kind and professional manner. A positive attitude is a must when working in an administration role!"
"As a manager, I had led a diverse range of personalities. At this point in my career, I can work with pretty much anyone. If we don't see eye to eye, I will work to find common ground."
"I enjoy the people I work with and can get along with anyone. I have made some of my closest friends from different workplaces, and I know how important relationships in the office are for not only camaraderie but also for accomplishing tasks within your team."
"I am a people person who can find a way to get along with nearly anyone. When it comes to odd coworkers, I've learned to be glad I don't live with them! If they're negative, the longest I'm with them at any one time is about 9 hours. I can handle most anyone for that length of time."
"I tend to get along well with my coworkers, and if occasionally something comes up, I'm sure to address any issue, so it doesn't get out of hand and create a divisive work environment. I'm always trying to be supportive, and a team player. Whether I'm best friends with the person is not the issue or the point of work. More than anything, I want always to be positive and respectful, regardless of our differences or anything else."
"I get along with most anyone I work with, teaching coworkers, supervisors, students, or parents. I know my job is to find common ground no matter what, so I always look for the best. Even when there are folks who disagree with my teaching style or what have you, I look to see it from their perspective and, especially if it's a student, I work to find a way in which I can reach him or her so I can be most effective."
Interviewing and on-boarding is a costly and time-consuming process for any company and the hiring manager. Assure the interviewer that you are seeking a long-term fit with your next employer.
Take a look at the career growth options with the company. If any of these stand out to you, it's a great idea to mention them to the interviewer explicitly. Your expressed interest in those particular internal opportunities will solidify the fact that you are, indeed, seeking a long-term fit with them.
"I am looking for a long-term fit in my next position. As you can see, I had strong progress and career growth in my previous company. I would love to see the same success with your company. I did notice on your website that you have global leadership opportunities. If I could work my way into a role like that, I would be thrilled."
"Five years from now, I would like to be an executive assistant in your c-suite. I am gaining a great deal of experience as an administrator and feel that I will be ready for this responsibility in that time frame."
"I currently manage a small production team; however, in five years I would like to grow into a regional management position. I researched the career path in your organization and saw that you spend a great deal of time grooming your employees for quick promotion."
"In five years, I would like to be managing a team and working towards a Director of Marketing position with your organization. I have seen examples of this progression in your organization and want this same career trajectory for myself."
"Five years from now I am interested in running my franchise. I have researched the requirements you have set for potential franchise owners and have already started saving my money to purchase my location."
"In five years I would like to be seen as an authority in the SaaS industry. I would like to be well-connected and trusted when it comes to my work here."
"I value stability and longevity in a position and team, so in five years, I hope to be at the same school, in a position of leadership, either formally or informally. I would seek out opportunities to mentor new hires, be a coach of a team, and continue to grow as an educator. I am also planning to get my masters in team leadership, so I feel that will be a precious asset to my new school."
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First written on: 06/08/2015 Last modified on: 07/25/2018
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