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What brings you here today?

1 of 20 Latest Interview Questions Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on June 29th, 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

This question is a fundamental yet very challenging interview question to navigate. Your natural instinct is to think 'Well, you called me here for an interview!"

Digging deeper into the real question - the interviewer wants to hear about the excitement that you have for this job, and the opportunity to be interviewing with their company.

Hiring authorities often receive hundreds of applications per job posting, so it's a huge compliment to your skills that you were chosen for an interview! Now it is time for you to reciprocate and discuss why you are thankful for being here today.

Give a brief overview of why you are looking for a new opportunity, and why this role caught your eye. Show a full understanding of the responsibilities of this role by matching their skills request with the skills you offer.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

" Digging deeper into the real question - the interviewer wants to hear about the excitement that you have for this job, and the opportunity to be interviewing with their company. Hiring authorities often receive hundreds of applications per job posting, so it's a huge compliment to your skills that you were chosen for an interview! Now it is time for you to reciprocate and discuss why you are thankful for being here today. Give a brief overview of why you are looking for a new opportunity, and why this role caught your eye. Show a full understanding of the responsibilities of this role by matching their skills request with the skills you offer. For example: "

Admin
Answer example

"I am here today because I have a great interest in what your organization in achieving in the oil and energy space. I have a new diploma in oil and gas office administration and would love nothing more than to start my career in this industry with your esteemed organization."

Manager
Answer example

"I am here because I know that my skills are an excellent match for your needs. When I initially read your job description, I saw a strong correlation between your needs and what I can offer. For example, I have experience in cross-departmental team management and am a six sigma black belt."

Marketing
Answer example

"My blend of expertise in social media marketing and content writing is what brought me here today. I want to take these skills and blow away your expectations when it comes to this content marketing position. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to be here today. I have had an eye on your agency for some time now and was thrilled to be alerted to this opening."

Retail
Answer example

"I have followed your brand for many years now and loved that you are a trailblazer in fashion. Working here would be a dream job for me, and I am very thankful for the consideration you are giving me today. I want to forge a long-term career with your brand."

Sales
Answer example

"My love for sales, as well as my experience in your specific industry, is what has brought me here today. Your organization has an excellent reputation with clients and great ratings online which caught my attention as well. I want to work with you on building your new territory and training new sales teams. I know I can bring this territory to be the most profitable in the state."

Teacher
Answer example

"I am a passionate educator and have a penchant for the arts. The fact that you are a private school with an arts focus is incredibly exciting to me. I appreciate the opportunity to be here with you today and look forward to highlighting how I will excel in this role."

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.
First written on: 06/01/2015
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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What brings you here today?
1.
To seek a job that is logical step forward for me.
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To share my skill set to this position.
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To start something new in my life that will not just motivate me but motivate other people around me.
4.
To look for something more complex to do something different and learn different things.
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