Common interview question – Why do you want to work for us?
Why do you want to work for us? This one of the most common interview questions a candidate can be asked. It will often be asked across all types of interview, private sector and public sector interviews and at all levels from an entry level role to the most senior executive position. However, too often candidates do not demonstrate sufficient motivational alignment in their answers. Elizabeth Conley, a professional Interview Coach at Interview Skills Clinic talks through some client feedback from The Royal Bank of Scotland on this question. This demonstrates why in-depth research is so important in order to demonstrate how your career aspirations match the organisation.
How to structure your answer
- Are you demonstrating your motivation for joining the organisation?
- How relevant are your skills and experience to the job specification?
- Are you clear about how your strengths will add value to the role and the team?
- How aligned are your values are to those of the organisation?