3. Demonstrate Why (And Because) You Want This Job
The ultimate question that tends to be asked near the end of an interview is ‘Why do you want this role’ or ‘Why do you want to work for our company?’
However, there are two parts to this question – why and because.
While anyone can explain why they want a job, not everyone can demonstrate the because. For instance, ‘I’d love the opportunity to take on this exciting role’ satisfies the why element, but saying; ‘I’d love the opportunity to take on this exciting role and I’m the right candidate because I have X years’ of experience and a proven track record in XXX’ really demonstrates why.
This is also the time to show off some of the research you’ve undertaken about the company. The best way to do this is to integrate it with your own skills, rather than just reel off information about the business.
For instance: ‘I’m aware that you give back to the community by partnering with local charities. I’m very passionate about this too and took on the role of team champion in my last job, to increase fundraising by 10%.’ This is a well-considered response.
You may also want to think about examples which show how you integrate well into new situations. Perhaps you’ve mentored a team member or led a successful project for instance. It doesn’t always have to be work either – volunteering, charity or personal achievements that demonstrate your skills are just as worthy.
Key Takeaway: Think about the why you want the job and follow it up with a punchy because, showing that you’re the best candidate.
4. Ask the Right Questions at the End of the Interview
Finally, as the interview draws to a close, have three really good questions to ask at the end. This is one of the top reasons why a candidate does well and leaves a lasting impression.
It’s best to consider questions relevant to your role, but here’s a couple of good examples: