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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

Updated on January 8th, 2022. Learn more here.

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Why do you want to work for our company?

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How to Answer: Why do you want to work for our company?

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    Why do you want to work for our company?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to know that you have put effort into understanding the role and researching their company before the interview. The goal of the response is to clearly express specific reasoning as to why you believe this opportunity is a suitable match.

      What to Avoid

      There are two common mistakes to avoid when answering this question. First, avoid misunderstanding the question. For instance, 'Why do you want to work here?' is often confused with, 'Why should we hire you?'

      Second, avoid giving a cliche response. One example of a cliche response is, 'I want to work here because this is my dream job.' The issue with a typical response like this is, although it's enthusiastic, it is also very vague. This answer is all about you, the candidate, and shows no real value to the company. What's missing is the 'why' behind your excitement, and details surrounding how you'll contribute to the company.

      Pro Tip

      Recruiters and hiring managers often receive hundreds of applications per job. If you are lucky enough to land an interview, you must show significant effort and research the opportunity. While your passion and excitement for the job are essential, it's always good to have some hard facts about why you want the job opportunity.

      Prepare for this question by:
      - Researching the company
      - Highlighting a unique talking point
      - Showing enthusiasm for the company's growth or recent efforts
      - Discussing the company's efforts and success and how they tie into your career goals
      - Mentioning specific details of how you will contribute once hired

      How to Answer

      When you craft your response, keep in mind that the interviewer wants to see evidence of a few factors:

      - You have enthusiasm and interest in the role and company
      - You believe in the company's mission and values
      - You are ready to make a specific contribution
      - You see a strong match between the job and your career goals

      While your passion and excitement for the job are essential, it's always good to prepare some hard facts. For instance saying, 'I have heard great things about your company, and I know I would be an excellent fit for this job' is not very specific. Instead, try to find recent news or releases related to the company's accomplishments. Mention specifically how those accomplishments made an impression on you. Be sure to close your statement with an expression of pure enthusiasm.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I've been longing to get into the tech startup space for quite a while. I have researched the many employer options in our city and chose to apply here because you are disrupting the market through your latest SaaS offering. I have spoken to a couple of your current employees, and they mention that the supportive culture here is top-notch, and that comes through very well in your brand story. For these reasons and many more, I believe that working here would be an incredible experience as I grow my career in tech."

      Rachelle's Admin Example Answer

      "Your company has an impressive reputation when it comes to developing new products and updating current products to remain competitive. I would be thrilled to learn from your leadership team and be in a support role for them. Also, your company is very involved in the community. I have seen your involvement in the form of warm clothing drives in the winter to benefit the homeless to financing food programs for underprivileged school children. There are many reasons why I want to work here, but these are the most significant from my perspective."

      Rachelle's Manager Example Answer

      "I want to work for a medium-sized company with a family-like feel, just like yours. I have always worked in large corporate environments where I am a number, not an individual. This 'corporate giant' environment made it difficult for me to flourish as a manager and a leader. I appreciate the workplace culture you have cultivated and the fact that I could contribute to this industry in a more meaningful way."

      Rachelle's Sales Example Answer

      "I have been looking for an opportunity in a high-growth startup for quite some time. I see that your company values its people and has a culture centered around achievement, growth, and accountability. The energy here is contagious, which makes me even more excited about the opportunity."

      Rachelle's Retail Example Answer

      "You are the undeniable giants in the industry, and I have been planning a career with your company since I started my BComm in Retail Management. Today, with a completed degree, I am educated and ready to accelerate my career in retail with your esteemed brand. There are so many growth and travel opportunities here, and that truly excites me."

      Rachelle's Teacher Example Answer

      "Your school district is one of the top-rated in the state of California when it comes to extracurricular opportunities for students. Also, your district focuses on immersing students in tech-based learning, which I believe is the cornerstone of modern education. This opportunity would be extraordinary for me as my passions in teaching include tech breakthroughs and learning through the joy of sport and teamwork. Here, I could build professionally, and this city would be an ideal place to call home for many years to come."

      Rachelle's Marketing Example Answer

      "One year ago, I decided to work towards a new position and began researching local marketing agencies that would be a good fit. Since then, I have had your agency on my shortlist and have been waiting for the right opportunity to become available. I am beyond excited about your Marketing Director position. I am ready to leverage my skills in digital and ad-based content in unique ways that will benefit your wide range of clients."

      24 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I would like to work for Citgo because of the contribution Citgo has made to the community in the quality product it produces and the value Citgo adds to the Community by being conscious of the environment, volunteer hours, and scholarships it has given to many young adults."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These are all excellent reasons to work for Citgo. I recommend organizing your response a bit more so that it does not sound like you are only listing off bullet points from memory. I have provided an example, below.

      "I want to work for Citgo for a few reasons. One, because of the remarkable contribution you have made in the community regarding the quality product and value that you produce. Second, Citgo contributes to our community by being environmentally conscious. Third, you value volunteer hours put in by your employees, which shows that you care. Lastly, I appreciate how you give back to education and learning by providing valuable scholarships to young adults."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have done some research and found that your company has a very high NP score of company culture and a high percentage of diversity. I think that's important. Also, it is a fast-growing company and a leader in its industry, which equals more and more improvement in the company, like growth opportunities. I love brands like yours, and the international theme that it has."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Very well done, with your research on NP scores! Your answer will have more impact with a slight rewording, and if you drop the final statement. Also try to avoid statements like "fast-growing" when discussing a company that goes back 100 years. I recommend focusing on longevity and history. Fast-growth is often reserved for startups, for instance.

      "Gucci has an impressive NP score of company culture and a high diversity percentage. Gucci is an ever-successful staple in the luxury fashion world, with a nearly 100-year history. Gucci continues to impress, shifting with movements in technology and fashion trends, all the while, embracing diversity, and change."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My primary reason would be your focus on employee development benefits and the great opportunity for my future. I would love to work for this company."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These are great reasons. Let's throw in a solid fact about GE Aviation as well.

      "The technology made at GE changes lives, and I want to be a part of that innovation. Also, GE Aviation has a generous employee focus when it comes to professional development, health benefits, and even scholarships for our kids. I look forward to joining your team."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Dollar Tree is definitely by far the best economy store out there today, so why wouldn’t I want to work for somebody that is excelling in every aspect of the business. I can’t wait and look forward to working for this company."

      Lauren's Answer

      Great! You are demonstrating excitement and optimism, which is highly favorable in a potential candidate. I added alternative wording – see below.

      "Dollar Tree is such an economical franchise, which is extremely beneficial for our community. It would mean a great deal to represent the company and help make each customer’s experience positive."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I want to work for your company because of the fast-paced working environment that is involved in this role also I am interested in the promotion roles you do offer as rewards for hard work and dedication."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Nice! I have reworded slightly for flow; however, you bring up some wonderful reasons to work for this company.

      "I want to work for your company because of the fast-paced work environment. I am interested in the fact that you promote from within, and am prepared to earn promotions through hard work and dedication."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Stryker's values align very closely with my own. You indicate that you are a growing company and that this a high paced, dynamic environment. I am looking for a people-based company that focuses on improving people's lives."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It sounds like a fantastic match between yourself and Stryker. You make an excellent case for wanting to work there!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I want to work for your company because your values align with my personality and experience; as well as you are in the automobile industry. I would also say that the specific graduate program you offer is something I see as an excellent opportunity to grow in my career development, where I get the chance to learn more about the things I am dedicated too such as leadership, the transformation of the transport industry as well as business development."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Very good response. You mentioned their graduate program which shows that you did your research. Excellent!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I want to work here because it is a great company to work for in a great industry. It seems that your employees are happy and treated well, with wonderful benefits, and competitive pay as well as room for career growth."

      Chad's Answer

      Good start, however, your response is vague and does not include the type of specific information that will demonstrate to the interview you have taken the time to thoroughly research the company in preparation for the interview. Try to highlight a unique talking point, show enthusiasm for the role, or discuss specific details of how you will contribute, once hired. If you would like to read more about answering this challenging question, you can find a guide here: https://www.mockquestions.com/articles/How to Answer: Why Do You Want to Work Here?/

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Four Seasons is a very well respected company and has won the AAA five-diamond award. So working for you would be huge for my career. The benefits and paid time off would be a bonus as well. Also, working for your company would further my career since I have never worked in a hotel, and I am very eager to see what is in store for the future."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Great! The detail that you include really shows off the research you have done on the company.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I know that your company is going through a transformation within an exciting time in the industry; there’s no better place to be. I love to part of that change. I have a lot of interests that creatively push the boundaries in exploring different mediums, including technology, photography, and design. It will help me to grow personally and professionally."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Perfect! Nice response.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I want to work for xx company because of the working environment, which is flexible. I truly believe working is not a place I go, it is something I do and achieve. Flexibility will motivate me to uncover my potential ability and deliver an excellent result on work. Also, your company has a supportive team. I like to help others with my knowledge and skills. I believe working in your company, other people would like to help me as well. working in a supportive team will help everyone grow up quickly and finally deliver excellent customer service."

      Marcie's Answer

      Great! The interviewer will appreciate that you find their company to be both filled with supportive employees and flexible when it comes to a healthy work-life balance. In fact, you might want to talk about how important a healthy work-life balance is to you. If you have any experience working remotely, you might also mention that and how it worked well for you. Good job!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am available all the time to help my coworkers with tasks such as computer problems, finding resources on the internet to investigate complaints, and solving problems. I always attend training classes to learn new skills that can help me to perform better on the job. I have good customer service skills. I always help customers at the front desk, over the phone, and in correspondence via email and postal mail. I have a good reputation for customer service in the office. I am persistent and determined. I never give up until I have done my job. Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, said, "Never give up until you are forced to give up."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Try to mention specifics on the specialty programs and educational opportunities. With a question like this, the interviewer will want you to be as specific as possible.

      "I am most interested in growing with {company} because I see a lot of opportunities here when it comes to your continued education program; primarily the leadership workshops and courses around project management."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "After working my internship here I had a taste of the culture of this workplace. It has been something I've been striving since then. I learned how to grow in sales, marketing, and event coordination so I could thrive in an atmosphere of first-class events."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Great response! Reminding the interviewer about your internship with the company is effective in illustrating your interest and fit.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I want to work for your company because your product enables scientists to make discoveries and conduct research that saves lives, and you guys champion diversity."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It's great that you added in a bit about the company's diversity plan. I have reworded slightly as using the term 'guys' in an interview would not generally be acceptable.

      "I want to work for your company because your product enables scientists to make discoveries and conduct research that saves lives. The fact that the company is a champion for diversity through your remarkable diversity and inclusion plan is very attractive to me."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I believe in my employers' goals and I want to be part of a team that can one day eradicate cancer."

      Rachelle's Answer

      A solid and genuine reason. Well done.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "The OES administers programs that support stakeholders and protects our communities. I would feel highly motivated coming to work each day, knowing that I’m helping to make a difference in the community through my work here."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This response is heartfelt and genuine. Great answer!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I want to work for ____ because while researching the company, I appreciate that you are committed to making people's lives better through your dedication to your customers and prides itself on serving communities. I would love to work for a company that really values both their customers and employees."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Valuing others is important and seems to be a common thread in your responses, which is excellent! There is undoubtedly strong alignment. When you mention serving communities, I encourage you to refer to a specific company initiative. This detail will show the interviewer that you have done in-depth research before attending your interview.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "What makes Prudential stand out is the focus on employee development and continued education. You have a strong reputation for this, and I would be grateful to work here."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These sound like great reasons to work there!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have been interested in St. Vincent’s hospital and its mission and goals since I was an IPPE and APPE student with a few assigned rotations there. I am a huge believer that Spirituality and the practitioner's approach to their patients play a huge part and positively impact the patient’s recovery journey from illness. Seeing that Spiritual care is fundamental to St. Vincent’s identity makes me realize that my values and goals for the ill align with your company. As for the position itself, I am interested in being part of an inpatient setting as I would be able to care for patients who typically have more complicated conditions than those in an ambulatory setting. Understanding the importance of dosing and monitoring drug therapy for patients encourages me to play a key role in this process, and get more exposure in this field and build new skills. Ultimately I believe this position would help me expand my clinical knowledge and improve health outcomes for patients. As a PRN pharmacist, I will be able to cover for pharmacists who work in different units and areas of the hospital and gain experience in each. That will help me reach my long term goal of finding an area that I love and eventually specialize in."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You exude a lot of confidence in your desired career path and bring up many terrific reasons for joining St. Vincent's. I like the passion that you bring to the role, and any interviewer should appreciate this too!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "For a few hundred years, the USPS has proven to be an organization that improves upon its effectiveness and efficiency. It outperforms the DHL, the Fed-Ex, and the UPS. Furthermore, it offers an excellent continuing education program, excellent health benefits, and an irresistible growth plan."

      Kristine's Answer

      Great answer! You explain what is attractive about the organization and show your desire to work for the company. To build on your answer, you can share another reason you want to work for the company, such as benefits, culture, or professional development opportunities.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Kaiser is one of the top companies in US. IITS MISSION IS TO PROVIDE AN EXCELLENT HEALTHCARE TO ALL PATIENT S."

      Lauren's Answer

      I created a response with accurate grammar and syntax.

      "I want to join Kaiser as it is one of the top healthcare companies in the United States. The company’s mission to provide superior healthcare resonates with all the reasons why I entered this field of work."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "The main reason is your company offers excellent benefits, training, and opportunity for growth."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Good! These are very tempting reasons to join a new company.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I want this job for two reasons. Firstly, I read the job advert in detail, and I believe the skills and qualities you need are an exact match for my experience. I want to work in a job where I can literally hit the ground running and start making a positive difference straight away. And the second reason is, the stage now in my life means I am looking for a job long-term. You are an attractive company to work for, and if I am successful during the video interview today, I plan to be with you for many years to come."

      Ryan's Answer

      Good response! This question is very similar to 'Why do you want this job?'. Because this question asks why you want to work for a specific company, take a moment to explain what appeals to you about this specific organization.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I want to work at NBCUniversal because it’s one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the industry. It has a solid reputation for delivering premium content and they have launched some of the biggest brands in entertainment. Additionally, I know there have been a few recent reorgs with the company to have a more centralized structure and to focus on streaming so I feel that there will be a lot of growth potential for the business and a new challenge which I think would be the next step for my career. Given my background working in entertainment and driving the brand strategy and execution of marketing campaigns, I feel that it will align well with this role. I’ve launched about 30 campaigns across different show genres throughout my career so I feel that I will be able to contribute my experience to the team."

      Cindy's Answer

      This answer works! You're reflecting good research and a focused choice of this company for a specific reason that fits in with your skills and career growth goals.

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