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Why do you want this job?

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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.

Why do you want this job?
Addiction Nurse

"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!"

Court Clerk

"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."

Floral Designer

"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."

Host or Hostess

"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."

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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.

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