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How did you hear about this position?

1 of 17 Direct Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on November 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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
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"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."

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"I saw your job posting on 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."

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"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!"

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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
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"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
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"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 a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
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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