“Why Are You Interested in this Role?”

November 7, 2017

Career Advice

Here’s an interview question that you’re bound to get: “Why are you interested in this role?” It’s a seemingly easy question but your answer is much more important than you think. It’s a chance to differentiate yourself from other candidates.

A simple, “It seemed like a great company to work for,” isn’t going to cut it. Neither is, “It’s a perfect role for me!” In fact, there’s a strategy behind this question (just like there is behind every interview question). If you keep this tip in mind, you’ll be steps ahead of the rest: don’t make it about how this role will help you, focus on all the ways you can help themif you are hired.

During a job interview, you should always try to weave in your experiences and skills–and how those experiences and skills will help this company–any chance you get. And this question is the perfect opportunity to do so.

Instead of saying…
“This job is everything I was looking for.”

Try saying…
“After reading the job description, I immediately saw many ways that I could contribute to this team. For example…”

Instead of saying…
“This is a perfect stepping stone for my career.”

Try saying…
“This role excites me because of my experience in X and my passion for Y. I believe I could deliver immediate results while also growing from new challenges like Z.”

Image via Eric/Flickr.

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About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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