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Why do you want this job?

This question has been answered 14 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

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.

Admin answer example
"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."
Basic answer example
"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."
Court Clerk answer example
"I want this job. Aside from it being close to my home, this role aligns perfectly with my post-secondary training and long-term career interests. If you were to offer me this role, you would not be disappointed."
Floral Designer answer example
"I have heard great things about your company and I know I would be a great fit for this job," is a good answer, but not very specific. Instead, consider saying something like, "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." If you find recent news articles or press releases that talk about the company's accomplishments, mention how it impressed you. Companies love to get buttered up by a potential employee, and now is a great time to earn some brownie points. "
Fundraising answer example
"What led you to apply for this position? Have you always known that fundraising was what you wanted to do? Were you personally impacted by others' fundraising efforts? The interviewer wants to hear that you are passionate about the fundraising field, so share what led you to apply for this position! Your excitement for the field will automatically come through in your response."
Host or Hostess answer example
"It's important to do your research before an interview. This question can be easily answered if you take the time to learn more about the organization and role beforehand. The interviewer wants to be reassured that you're not just looking for any job. What about the position stands out to you? If you are currently in the role at another company, talk about how this position is different and fulfills something that you are missing from your current job, or better yet, how this role will help you accomplish your goals."
Kitchen Helper answer example
"I would be very thankful if chosen for this opportunity. The hours work perfectly with my college schedule and it would greatly help me financially. Also, the kitchen experience gained will be invaluable."
Manager answer example
"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."
Pharmacy Technician answer example
"It's important to do your research before an interview. This question can be easily answered if you take the time to learn more about the organization and role beforehand. The interviewer wants to be reassured that you're not just looking for any job. What about the position stands out to you? If you are currently in the role at another company, talk about how this role is different and fulfills something that you are missing from your current job, or better yet, how this role will help you accomplish your goals."
Retail answer example
"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."
Sales answer example
"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."
Teacher answer example
"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."
Training and Development Manager answer example
"If you love teaching and seeing results, training and development is a great career path! You will have the opportunity to instruct others about interesting topics that will help drive productivity and company profits! You get to work behind the scenes, researching and planning as well as collaborating with a team. Share what you enjoy so far from your career and what you are looking forward to learning!"
Writer answer example
"I want to be a writer because I have been a creative person my entire life. Writing makes me happy, no matter what I am writing about, and I will bring this energy to my work each day."

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Why do you want this job?
Yes, I do. I feel I would be able to do a good jobin this position, and look forward to helping the customers that come to the store. I think this would be a great place to work.
Yes. I have vast experience in online publishing, seo, journalism, communication and organizational skills. AAA is an established organization with a reputation I would be honored to uphold.
Yes I do. I have passion to serve my country at this level and impact postively on lives of ugandans as I practice what I studied at the university.
I want this job so that I can help others. I want to make a difference in someone's life. I want to make sure that if anyone needed help I will be there to help them.
I want to make a difference in the community and the fact that I have already been engaged in community partnerships in public health, I know that I will enjoy my job. When you enjoy a job it reduces stress, worry, and unhappiness. I want to be happy and help others reach that point as well.
Yes, it's the only post I have applied for! It is exciting to me I'm looking forward to working with the beautiful products.
Absolutely. I am interested in cancer genetics because it is so complex and changing every day with new discoveries. I also go to the breast clinic at Bryn Mawr and know how dedicated and experienced the staff there are and the reputation of MLH, and would be proud to be a part of the organization. I think I can make a positive impact.
I do really want this position. I want it because I want to be independent. I am a teenage high school student and I want o start to make something of myself and it begins here.
Yes, because I have a long term goals to run my life.
Yes. To sustain in this company and to reach a higher rank.
Yes, I really want this position because there are many Career Opportunities with CVS and many locations.
Yes, I do. I have wanted to do this and I hope I get to do it.
Yes I want to work in ford because it is indian manufacturing organization and giving good employee wellfar.
Yes Because I do it well.
I do, I love to work with people.
Yes, I need work, I need experience and I want stability having a job can bring to my life.
More than anything else I want in my life today.
Yes because I like meeting new people and would love to have his as my first job.
I feel that my qualifications will fit me in your needs of the organization.
Yes. I know I can do the job/tasks. I also I can see the job opportunities lay in front of me as a result of having this job.
I would love this position. If I could work here for free I would because its something that makes me so happy. I want to be able to help people with their shopping and see how happy they get.
Yes, to do what im good in giving excellent customer service and to be financially indepentant.
I do, because I really need a job and I want to pay for everything myself and not have to put the burden on my parents.
Yes because I like to fix and make stuff fit where it needs to go.
Yes I would like this Sales associate position because I would love to gain a good relationship with all my customers and make sure they are satisfied with the product they have bought.
I want the position because I think it would be challenging and I would add something to the bottom line.
Yes. I definitely want this position. I have been working in quality inspections for more than 15 years. And I think this is the right time for me to move forward with my career.
Absolutely, I love the challenges this position would provide. Working with different business people is the experience of a lifetime. Just imagine how much you can learn from them.
Yes. Because I like to work in a place where I could interact with lots of people from different lifestyle.
Yes I do want this position. I truly would appreciate the oppurtunity to help Safeway evolve into a more prosperous and well liked community grocery outlet.
I like the direction the company is going, I like the international aspect.
Yes, I strongly feel I can excel in this position and help the company grow.
Yes, I would like to build my skill and continue to develop in a growing company.
Yes. Because I can continue to provide for my family. Also continue doing what I love as a career. This position can better me as an operator.
Yes I do, As I have mentioned before I like working with people and this position gives me a chance to do that and learn more at the same time.
Yes I really would like this position because I feel that this company has a lot to offer and is a company that is in the business of improving peoples lives with the quality of the products they offers.
I definitely want and need the position and it will allow me to show my knowledge and share it with coworkers.
I feel I would be a valuable employee for this company and the company is the most respected company in the State.
Because my skills matches perfectly to this job.
I come here often and everyone is so friendly and happy to help and i'd love to be a part of that.
I've some spare time and I want to utilize it.
Because I have experience with children I am taking childcare in collage.
I love the variety of the job, I am passionate about giving the patients and clients the best care possible, I am enthusiastic about starting my new career.
Safety in the workplace and proper training.
I want this job because I have educational and clinical experience required for this position.
My previous role finished and I need a new challenge.
Because I believe it could improve my career.
For a better opportunity for me and my family.
It's suitable its also doing what I like which is dealing with people.
I would like to improve my knowledge and develop in the field I chose to work.
It's convenient it's doing what I like which is dealing with people.
This job provides the best international exposure for me.
I like shoes, I love working around people. I think this job is a perfect fit.
Want to work for a reputable firm, with clients I know, that can offer me the flexibility I need to re gain the right work / life balance.
I've been seeking similar roles that I enjoyed in my last workplace, complex, challenging and dealing with many different people and stakeholders. I enjoyed the hand on approach. A lot of times I ha dto figure things out with no prior knowldege whatsover or documentation. It will give me the ability to use my natural skills of analysis, testing, designing and working with development and business users.
Iv always wanted to work in retail as it is a fast moving environment and iv heard good things about aldi.
I would like a job that will help me grow with the company, as I help the company grow.
I've always enjoyed working with people and am looking forward to being a pleasant start to their dining experience. When I worked as a lifeguard we'd often come here after practice for half off apps, I'm comfortable here and I want to help others feel the same.
Because I want to excel my self in the coding and want to take greater opportunity.
I want this job because I feel I can get more experience and more knowledge in the electrical trade.
Because I like to continue my career as sqs.
A. As you can see from my resume, I have the necessary qualifications and several years of experience, but that does not capture the unique advantages I can provide to the company. At my last job, I was given the opportunity to advance my skill set, even getting some experience with positions that were above my work level. I am confident that I can bring something to the table that no other candidate will. b. Passionate c. Hard working d.Drive.
On the basis of my educational qualification.
On the basis of my educational qualification.
Describe your experience developing office procedures.
I feel like I would advance my skills and learn a different field of nursing.
I feel I can collaborate with teachers to help create a learning environment that meets the needs of all learners.
To contribute to your company while helping out my family financially.
My friend and former colleague referred me and has positive things to say.
Because I know that I am a good person and I can get the job done right.
Because it has been my dream to work in a reputable financial institution where I can enhance my skills and grow professionally.
Describe a time when your workload was heavy.
I want to continue my career in radiotherapy physics at a world leading cancer hospital and have the chance to work with new technology.
Because I feel that I'm the most qualified for this position and I am the best asset for your company.
I am looking for a position that holds a solid future.
If growth is unlimited, then I want a job, if job is provide so many program to boost our levels.
Because is a greeat opportunity for me to develop my customer service skils in another field. I allways wanted to work in a jullery shoop, as I am really pasionated by them and I think that actually lerning about them is great challenge and a step forward in my career.
I have been unemployed for a number of months and am now ready to return to the work place.
Because I know that this is a reputable company and I know I will have a successful future here.
I would like this job as I woyld be able to provide a service to the publec with my experience and skills as well as gain and improve my training.
I want experience the cooperate world and enhance my skills.
I want this job to gain experience and do something useful.
I have the interpersonal skill as a customer service good communication.
I feel that I am ready after 19 years of experience hands-on and in the office.
After 19 years of experience I feel that I'm ready to move to the next step.
To achieve objectives of the company and to upgrade my knowledge and skills continuously.
To achieve objectives of the company and to upgrade my knowledge and skills continuously.
I feel like a 19 years of experience on the field and in the classroom I can bring a strong leadership to forest tree.
I believe this is a good opportunity for me to get my foot in the door in the banking industry because I am interested in a career in investment banking.
As an experienced server, over the years I have worked from casual family friendly to upscale fine dining. and given the choice, I prefer a proffesional atmosphere, where fun is standard and not frowned upon. I am able to work at my highest and best when I enjoy myself at work.
I want this job because I love the warm atomosphere Tim Horton ha and I want to be a part of it.
I want this job because I am detail oriented, enjoys working under pressure.
I want yhis job because I want to do something in my life like gaining some position to prove myself while serving this comapany.
Because I want to share my knowledge and skills for those children who have speech disorder.
I want the job because I think I have the experience necessary for the job and also because I will love to work for the company and being part of your team.
To continue my steady growth as a professional, by pushing myself to be the very best among the very best.
Because I am the most eligible and competent for this job.
I want this job because I am looking for large scale company where I can improve with myself both technically as well as financially.
Bocz I'm fresher &I'm full of knowledge.
I want to be part of an organization where I can help make a difference in peoples lives as well as grow within the company for my future.
What are the most difficult decisions you have made in the past?

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