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 looking for a position that offers a career challenge while providing a healthy workplace culture at the same time."
"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 would really love to secure this job. It would make my life so much simpler as this bakery is just down the street from my home. I am passionate about the type of products and quality that comes out of your facility and that would make me very proud to work for 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."
"If you are working at the store just for fun, that's great! Tell this to the interviewer, and be sure to mention that you look forward to working hard for such a great company! If you are seeking a job because you need the income, tell the interviewer that you are seeking the income, but working at this store would be fun. So, it's a win-win!"
"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."
"I would like this job as a dishwasher because I am looking to gain experience in a restaurant environment. The hours posted for this position work perfectly around my schedule as I am currently enrolled in part time college studies."
"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. "
"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."
"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."