How to answer: Why are you interested in this role?

Employers usually ask job applicants a variety of interview questions, many of which require more than a yes or no answer. These sort of questions allow employers to assess your ability to answer honestly and quickly. One open-ended question you can expect is “Why are you interested in this position?” Your answer will help the employer determine your excitement about the opportunity and the motivations that led you to pursue the job.

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There are 2 main reasons employers ask “Why are you interested in this role?”

First, they want to make sure you’ve done your research and know what their job involves.

And second, they want to see if you’ve thought about your own career and know what you’re looking for.

To answer this question, focus on the position for which you are interviewing. Aim to discuss the opportunities you see with the new job rather than voicing concerns with your current position or company. Positively framing the conversation will communicate confidence and professionalism. We would share with you 3 basic steps to answer this type of question :

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Step 1: Express Enthusiasm for the Company, the Role/Position

First things first, this is an excellent opportunity for you to show off what you know about the company. You can talk all day about how excited you are about joining the team, but nothing will trump actually knowing a thing or two about the place you’re interviewing with. So, to prepare, spend some time honing in on what you know about the company and select a few key factors to incorporate into your pitch for why you’re a good fit.

Step 2: Align Your Skills and Experiences With the Role

Next, you want to sell why, exactly, you’re right for the role. There are two ways you can do this: You can either focus more on your experiences (what you’ve done before that brings you to this point) or your skills (especially helpful if you’re pivoting positions or industries).

Try to pinpoint what the main part of the role entails, plus a couple of the “desired skills” in the job description, and make sure you speak to that. Follow up your introduction to how excited you are about the company with why you’re a good fit

Keep it short—you’ll have plenty of opportunities to talk about how you got your skills or relevant stories throughout the interview—and just focus on highlighting a couple of key relevant abilities or experiences for the position.

Step 3: Connect to Your Career Trajectory

Finally, you want to show that the position makes sense for where you’re going in your career. Ideally, you won’t give the impression that you’re just using the position as a stepping stone. Show that you’ll be around for the long haul, and your interviewer will feel more comfortable investing in you

images Sometimes, you can end your answer with a smart question since this is a great way to stand out from other job applicants is to end your answer with a related question for the interviewer. Ending your answer with a question creates a two-way dialogue, making the interview more conversational. Plus, it shows that you’re willing to ask questions when you need more clarity.

String these three components together, and you have a response that will impress on three fronts: your knowledge and enthusiasm for the company, your relevant skills, and your general fit with the position. Plus, this framework has the added benefit of not stopping the flow of the conversation the way going through your entire life story would.