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Why are you interested in working here? It’s a typical interview question, but answering it might be difficult, especially if you’re winging it. It’s unwise not to prepare a great response to this question because it could determine whether or not a potential employer extends a job offer to you.

 

Consider it from the perspective of the employer: the firm wants to hire someone who is passionate about the company’s objective and aims to create a good influence on the organization and its clients or customers.

 

Additionally, finding a candidate who is a good fit for the job and the firm may be an expensive and time-consuming process. As a result, recruiting managers try to find the perfect employee to get good returns on the resources invested in hiring them.

 

When are you likely to be asked, “Why do you wish to work here?” Really, at any point throughout the job interview. However, you’re more likely to come across it early in the conversation, when the interviewer is setting the tone for the talk.

 

It may also come up near the end of the interview when the hiring manager wants to reinforce your passion for the job now that you’ve learned more about it.

 

Other variations of the question, such as “Why do you want to work with us?” and “Why are you interested in this position?” are some of the most often asked questions during job interviews.

 

What ‘Not’ to Say

The best way to react to the question “Why do you want to work here?” is to think about the job, the organization, and, of course, yourself and how you want to express yourself.

 

Understanding what employers don’t want to hear is the first step in knowing how to construct a meaningful response for practically any interview setting. Here are a few examples:

 

  • “To be honest, I’m just looking for a job, and this one seemed fascinating.” For sure, this is a direct answer. However, it does not reflect a genuine interest in the position or the firm. Furthermore, the recruiting manager may be concerned that you’ll be eager to leave the company for a more appealing position.
  • “I’ve heard this company pays well and provides excellent benefits.” — Any company wants to be seen as an employer of choice, and top companies understand that to attract top people, they must offer competitive wages. They do not, however, wish to hire those who are only interested in working for the money.
  • “I view this as a stepping stone to something larger and greater.” — While no company expects every employee to stay for the long haul, a reaction like this suggests you’re more concerned with the future than the present. It also implies that you’ve already got one foot out the door before being hired.

 

Be Smart and Thoughtful

One of the keys to a compelling answer to the question “Why do you want to work here?” is to think outside the box. Ask the question in the opposite direction, as in “Why would they want to recruit me?”

 

In other words, focus on what you can offer and how you can make an impact rather than why you should receive the job. Here are some topics to think about while you craft your response:

 

  • What can you do to support the company’s success? Keep up with what’s going on in the firm and the industry. Has it made any recent product or service changes? What kind of competitive pressures does it have to deal with? Consider the situation and ask yourself, “What expertise and experience do I have that would be particularly valuable to this employer at this time?”
  • What previous professional achievements might you be able to replicate at this company? How did you meet or surpass your bosses’ expectations in previous jobs? What issues did you play a significant role in resolving? What suggestions did you provide that helped the company save money or improve its bottom line? What are some of the lessons you’ve learned that you could use in the future to add value to a potential employer?
  • What will you do to contribute to the company’s culture? Many employers consider a candidate’s ability to understand the corporate ethos when making hiring decisions. So, do your research on the company’s culture and figure out what appeals to you the most. If the company supports entrepreneurial thinking, and that is important to you, include it in your response.

Using a Seamless Lead-In To Launch Your Response

In an actual interview situation, when asked, “Why do you want to work here?” or “Why are you interested in this position?” you want to offer your prepared answer in a professional yet natural manner. Consider utilizing one of the following lead-ins as a model for your personalized response:

  • “I view this as an opportunity to contribute to an exciting/fast-moving industry, and I believe I can do so through/with my… ”
  • “I believe my qualifications are especially well-suited to this post since… “
  • “I believe I know enough to thrive in this role and at this organization because… “
  • “This career opportunity excites me since it will allow me to… “

Some job seekers freeze up when asked “Why do you want to work here?” (or other difficult questions like “Tell me about yourself” and “What are your greatest weaknesses?”) because they are afraid of saying the wrong answer or simply are not used to talking bout themselves.

 

However, if you anticipate the question and take the time to prepare an answer beforehand, you’ll be less likely to be stumped – and your chances of nailing the interview with a winning response will increase.

 

The Bottom-line

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking. You’ll be seated with the hiring manager, answering challenging questions about your experience and qualifications for the position. This makes even experienced professionals have anxious moments, let alone those just entering the job market.

 

It’s critical to provide specific examples as often as possible during the interview. The more concrete illustrations you can provide, the better you’ll be able to show the hiring manager how valuable you are.

 

While the question of — “Why should we hire you?’ — may seem outdated and daunting, hiring supervisors frequently ask it, so it’s crucial to be prepared. There is no straight-jacket method to prepare for this and your creativity and confidence are key in your approach.

 

Be humble, respectful, logical, and positive while sharing your answer and you will shine nicely.

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Aiyaz, VP of Recruitment and Staffing

Aiyaz Uddin

VP, Recruitment and Staffing

With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Aiyaz brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team by strategically positioning clients to attract, engage, and pipeline the most sought-after talent in information technology utilizing open-source intelligence, talent solutions, and machine learning tools for federal and local government contracting firms, and commercial employers. Aiyaz has a proven track record of success in matching the right talent with the right opportunities, leading to long-term and mutually beneficial relationships.

 

As a leader in the industry, he is constantly seeking out new and innovative ways to improve our services and deliver the best results for our clients and job seekers.


Aiyaz is a certified tech recruitment professional with an MBA in Finance & Marketing along with M.Sc. Psychology. Additionally, his drive to seek new and innovative approaches to talent acquisition led him to speak on LinkedIn Talent Solutions by LinkedIn and HackerEarth’s Tech Recruiting Conference Hire 101.


Under Aiyaz 's leadership, XA Talent has become a trusted partner for companies looking to grow their teams and job seekers looking for their next great opportunity. Aiyaz and our team are committed to delivering an exceptional experience for everyone we work with.

 

Get in touch with XA Talent today, and let us help you find your next great opportunity.

Peyton Brooks, VP of Workforce Development

Peyton Brooks

VP, Workforce Development

As a firm believer in continuous development and self-improvement, I attained a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Howard University and a Juris Doctor Degree from The George Washington University Law School.

 

My passion for service to the community drove me towards the workforce development industry, where I have been in active pursuit to change the trajectory of lives and shape communities ever since. With nearly a decade of experience doing so, I have helped thousands of individuals obtain access to more short-term, affordable, and convenient upskill and reskill opportunities across the nation.

 

Given my vast industry expertise, I provide management consulting services to workforce
development organizations helping them with customized solutions, specialized curricula, strategic partnerships, and employer engagement. My consulting leverages deep technical knowledge as well as strategic and tactical approaches to provide the best solutions with data-driven outcomes. 

 

My proven experience in building workforce development systems have led me to develop and evangelize best practices for workforce development programs that include the following outcome-based attributes:

– Livable wages and sustainable careers in high-demand industry sectors
– Job placement-focused programs with strong employer partnerships
– Data-driven understanding of regional skills gaps; and
– Comprehensive skills training that includes practical application work experience with career coaching.

 

My ability to thrive in the workforce development industry is attributed to my strong interpersonal skills, which have enhanced my capabilities to understand what people truly mean to communicate when attempting to express their business challenges. This trait has set me apart from the rest, as I can identify and resolve the root cause of challenges resulting in proper alignment of investment to desired business outcomes.

 

Therefore, as a leader of cooperative outcome-focused efforts, I would like to connect with
professionals who are interested in collaborating to improve communities and change the trajectory of lives through sustainable career attainment.

Abigail Jpones

Abigail Jones

Chief Marketing Officer

As a CMO passionate about innovative, results-driven marketing strategies, I help companies accelerate tech talent acquisition, enhance executive visibility, and build impactful brands. My entrepreneurial experience, including building startups in London, fuels my work as as a Chief Marketing Officer at XA Talent.

At 𝗫𝗔 𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁, my role transcends traditional marketing, designing marketing strategies with talent in mind to strengthen talent pipelines and enhance company reputations. A successful organization begins with its people, and our approach ensures we attract individuals who can best contribute to and thrive within your organizational culture. These strategies are continuously refined in response to technological disruption, ensuring that securing brilliant minds enables your company to grow consistently and achieve its broader goals, furthering your mission to make a meaningful societal impact.

We specialize in tech talent acquisition and executive search while working closely with CEOs and senior leaders to manage their executive branding, which significantly impacts and enhances their employer brand. This collaboration enables them to hire on demand, build influential alliances, and foster advocacy for sustained business growth.

Additionally, I provide 𝗳𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗠𝗢 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀, helping companies develop strategic marketing plans, drive thought leadership to enhance brand visibility. As a speaker, I share insights on entrepreneurship and marketing, aiming to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders. My mission is to merge innovative marketing strategies with recruitment solutions to foster talent development and organizational growth.

When I’m not strategizing, you can find me attending marketing events and exploring new technologies and trends to bring fresh perspectives to the table.

Personally, I have lived in five countries – Malaysia, Australia, Dubai, the UK, and the US.

✈️an avid traveler
📑completed my MBA in London
👩🏽‍🍳love to experiment with new recipes at home
🤸🏽‍♀️absolutely love Pilates to strengthen my mind and body!

If you are interested in learning how to use your voice to build a strong workforce, connect with me and stay updated with my latest insights.

Evan Jones, Founder and CEO

Evan Jones

Founder and CEO

After 20 years of delivering IT management consulting and infrastructure operations & management services to the federal government (XA Systems, LLC https://xasystems.com/) and hiring thousands of employees over the years, Evan and his team have developed a system that scales a company's personnel recruitment with culture-driven candidates who contribute to the success of the business.

 

As a technology-based business focused on continual process improvement, the methods he and his team have developed have been improved over the years and are centered on employer branding and recruitment marketing that results in a pipeline of engaged candidates ready to be hired on demand. He believes every business can succeed and create an impact if they are willing to take uncomfortable action with the right tools and knowledge. He’s determined to stand in the gap and provide the tools and knowledge businesses need.

 

To date, he has played a role in the growth and development of more than 30 companies. He has worked behind the scenes of SMBs and massive 8 to 10-figure companies helping them overhaul their processes, reinvent their recruitment marketing strategies, and drive growth, both in net profit and an overall employer reach into job seeker communities.

 

With a passion for business transformation, Evan has developed his own technology, an enterprise SaaS solution, ServeOptics, that delivers service support performance metrics to IT leaders who need actionable insights to make informed business decisions. The more visibility of operations that exists with real-time performance metrics and automated reporting, the more efficient and effective companies can be in their service support operations, which enables a business to gain a significant competitive advantage in their industry.

 

Evan is interested in connecting with forward-thinking business professionals who want to collaborate on business opportunities or discuss how his recruitment system can enable a business to attract top-tier candidates, employ on-demand, and retain its best employees.