Welcome to my ongoing series about interview questions and how to not answer them.
“Why do you want this job?”
I hate this question. Hate it. Usually, either the answer is, “I don’t, but the people I want to hire me won’t hire me,” or “I like this field and would like to work in it.”
Nonetheless, when asked this question, I usually sort of blank out or freeze. I think the best answer I gave was, “I would like the opportunity to learn about private practice and my last job stopped paying me.” I think the worst answer I gave was, “er, um, I think the work is important.” The answer I want to give is, “you pay well and provide health insurance.”
So, for interviews in the future, this is the question I will start preparing for. Why do I want the job? Let’s see:
1) It’s a natural progression from my current job, where I do xyz, but offers more challenges and room for advancement.
2) I’m interested in the field and I would like to continue working in it/start working in it.
3) I find that I am well suited for [this type of work] and am looking for a position that allows me to use the skills I’ve already developed as well as learn more about [the aspect of the job that I’m less familiar or experienced at].
Then, the biggest trick is going to be to stop talking. I think for interviews, I tend to run on. I need to talk less, so coming up with a one sentence answer and then not talking anymore is going to be the big key.
How would/do you answer that question? Is there something in particular employers are working for, or is it just a quick way to make sure you actually want the job?