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Why are you looking for a job?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know what is motivating you to enter the workforce for the first time. You may want a new car or a better wardrobe. Perhaps you have student loans that you need to pay off, but the interviewer wants to hear about motivation that goes beyond surface monetary reasons. Monetary reasons are not going to keep you engaged in the long-term.

The interviewer wants to know that you have excitement for this job itself. You may be looking for an experience that will help you get an internship or into a highly competitive school. Explain your motivation and how this job will help you get where you want to go!

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I am looking for a job to provide me with industry experience as I complete my Accounting Degree. Your firm would give me the experience and exposure that I need to make a strong initial step in my career."

Admin
Answer example

"For the past couple of years I have worked as an administrator for my dad's small business; however, we both agree that it's time for me to gain experience in a larger more professional corporate environment."

Manager
Answer example

"I recently graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Business and am now ready to enter the workforce, full time! I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to growing a solid career here."

Marketing
Answer example

"Now that I have finished my education, and turned 21, it's time for me to move out on my own and start the professional life that I have studied so hard for the past four years. I am ready to launch my career in marketing!"

Retail
Answer example

"I have spent the past couple of year traveling and gaining life experience. I am now ready to enter the workforce part-time, while I work towards my degree. The hours that your company offers will be the best situation for me since I can attend classes during the day and come to work in the late afternoons, early evenings and weekends."

Sales
Answer example

"I'm graduating in May, and I want to put my degree to use right away. Not to mention, I've always been compelled to sell. Since I was a kid, I loved putting on lemonade stands, making bracelets and selling them, and hosting bake sales. Money has always motivated me, and I know that the sales role will be perfect for me - I love to compete and am motivated to win, even as I start at the bottom."

Teacher
Answer example

"I'm excited to finish my degree and practicum hours to get into the real world, and put my learning and love for teaching, to good use! I am looking for an opportunity to start this September."

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: 12/16/2015
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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