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How did you hear about this position?

9 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know a bit about your job search methods. Primarily, this question is for them to discover how they are attracting top talent like yourself! Your reply can be brief. If someone in the organization referred you, you should disclose that as well so that the interviewer can make the connection and the employee can receive recognition if there is a referrals reward program in place. This question is another opportunity to express your interest and excitement for the role also.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I saw your position posted on LinkedIn. It came to me as a suggested job posting. Their matching algorithm is super accurate; I have to say! I am so happy that I came across your job posting. Thank you for having me here today."

Admin
Answer example

"I saw your job posting on Monster.com when searching for administrative assistant positions in the area. The wording of your job posting caught my eye as it's a blend of fun but also hit a lot of great keywords that made it a match."

Manager
Answer example

"I heard about your job through an industry connection of mine; you may know him, James Smith. He knows your company director who mentioned this role to him during an industry golf tournament. He prompted me to apply!"

Marketing
Answer example

"This industry is small, and I know a couple of your employees because I went to University with them! John Doe and Jane Doe. We hang out on weekends from time to time. When your company announced this opening, they sent me the link to apply."

Retail
Answer example

"I applied directly from your website. I have a keen interest in your organization and have auto-alerts set up for new positions in my city when they come up."

Sales
Answer example

"Your position was alerted to me on Zip Recruiter. It's the only website that I used because the postings are very accurate, and I can filter better than with most job boards."

Teacher
Answer example

"I heard about your role from my previous Principal. When I told him that I was relocating to New York, he did some digging and tipped me off to this role."

Pediatric Nurse
Answer example

"I would definitely accept a position that requires travel. I enjoy going to new places and meeting new people. Having an opportunity to work in a field that I love while being able to experience new people and work at different facilities would be great!"

Occupational Therapist
Answer example

"I was recruited from LinkedIn by a Healthcare Recruiter. She reviewed my profile and felt I would be a great match for the position. I wasn't actively looking for a new position at the time, but the duties of this job really convinced me that I was a great fit for this job."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 04/06/2018
Last modified on: 11/21/2018
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