Why do you want this job? This is a common interview question, so it is good idea to prepare your answer ahead of time.

When answering this question, you want to show that you have researched the company, and prove that you are a good fit for the job.

Read below for more advice on answering this question, and sample answers.

How to Answer the Question

  ● Research the company ahead of time. Interviewers will be listening for a response that shows you've done research on the company. Make sure you know some basic information about both the company and the job. You might want to read some recent articles on the company to get a sense of their current goals and projects. Also be sure to reread the job posting. This way, when you answer the question, you can mention specific aspects of the company and position that appeal to you.
  ● 提前调查公司。面试官将会听到显示出你对公司做过调查的答复。确保你知道公司和工作的一些基本信息,你可以通过读一些公司近期的文章来了解他们最近的目标和项目。同时要重新阅读招聘启事。通过这种方式,回答问题时你可以提到公司和职位吸引你的具体方面。

  ● Be specific about why you are a good fit. Be specific about what makes you a good fit for this role.  To prepare your answer, make a list of the requirements of the job (as explained in the job listing), and then note which requirements fit your skills and experience. In your answer, highlight a few of your abilities that qualify you for the job.
  ● 详细说明你为什么适合这个职位。详细说明你为什么最适合这个角色。为了更好地准备答案,列一份工作要求的清单(招聘启事中有写明),然后记录你的技能和经验适合哪些要求。在这份答案中,强调一些你能胜任这份工作的能力。

  ● Emphasize what you can contribute. Your answer should also emphasize what you can contribute—what will you bring to the position? Mention any skills or work experience that makes you a unique, strong candidate for the job. If possible, use numbers to express how you can add value to the company. For example, if you saved your previous company a certain amount of money, mention this, and say that you want to do the same for this company.
  ● 强调你能带来的贡献。你的回答同样应该强调你能做哪些贡献——你能为这个职位带来什么?提一些能让你与众不同、竞争力强的技能或工作经验。比如,如果你帮之前的公司省了一大笔钱,那就说一下这个事情,并且说你希望为新公司做同样的事。

  ● Avoid reasons that focus on you. Even if it's true, do not mention salary, hours, or commute as the primary reasons you want the job. Remember that you want to focus on how you can benefit the company, not how the company or job can benefit you.
  ● 避免你自身的原因。即使是真的,也别把薪资待遇、工作时长或者通勤归结为你想要这份工作的主要原因。记住你的重点是如何给公司带来利益,而不是公司或者工作如何给你带来利益。

Best Answers to the Question

Below are some of the best job interview answers to the question, "Why do you want this job?" Customize these answers to fit your particular circumstances and the job you are applying for.

  ● I want this job because it emphasizes sales and marketing, two of my greatest skill sets. In my previous job, I increased sales by 15% in what was at the time considered a flat industry. I know I could bring my ten years of sales and marketing experience to this company, and help you continue your years of growth.
  ● 我想要这份工作,因为它看中销售和市场,这两者是我最大的强项。在之前的工作中,我把销售业绩提高了15%,那段时间行业很不景气。我能把自己10年的销售和市场经验带到公司,帮助你们继续每年的业绩增长。

  ● I understand that this is a company on the rise. As I’ve read on your website and in various press releases, you are planning to launch several new products in the coming months. I want be a part of this business as it grows, and I know my experience in product development would help your company as you roll out these products.
  ● 我明白这是一家处于上升期的公司。从贵公司的网站以及其他各种新闻稿中得知,你们计划在下个月发布一些新产品。我想在企业成长过程中成为它的一份子,我在产品开发领域的经验会在贵公司推出新品时有所帮助。

  ● I have worked as a dental hygienist in a children’s dental office for the past six years. Not only am I experienced working with this population, but also I greatly enjoy it. Being able to work for your office, which caters to children and young adults, would allow me to continue to put my skills to use in a population I love. This is the kind of work environment I would look forward to coming to every day.
  ● 我曾作为牙科保健员在一所儿童牙科诊所工作了六年。我不但有处理年轻患者的经验,同时也非常热爱他们。如果能在贵诊所工作,为孩子们和年轻人服务,我会继续把我的技能带给我爱的这群人。这是我每天所期盼的工作环境。

  ● This job is a good fit for what I've been doing and enjoying throughout my career. It offers a mix of short-term projects and long-term goals. My organizational skills allow me to successfully multitask and complete both kinds of projects.
  ● 这份工作和我一直以来所做的以及职业生涯的爱好非常匹配。它提供给我不同的短期项目以及长期目标。我的组织能力让我成功地处理多种任务并且完成这两种项目。

  ● I want this retail job at your store because I know I would be terrific at it. I love engaging with people and providing them with assistance. I also have two years of experience working cash registers at other stores. I am a regular customer of this store, so I would love to apply my skills to a store I believe in and support.
  ● 我想得到贵店零售的工作,因为我知道自己能做的非常好。我喜欢和人们接触,并且给他们提供帮助。我还在别的商店有两年收银的经验。我是贵店的常客,所以我会乐于把自己的技能奉献给自己信任和支持的商店。

  ● I have admired this company’s successful strategies and mission for years. Your emphasis on creating a relationship between your company and the surrounding community have brought you success everywhere you have opened an office. There are values I greatly admire.
  ● 多年来我一直钦佩贵公司成功的战略和使命。您对建立公司和周边社区良好关系的重视为你们各地的办事处带来了成功。这样的价值观是我非常崇尚的。