You absolutely have to nail this question! We guarantee you'll be asked this at every job interview. And your answer can help you stand out from the crowd.
When you are looking for a job you might end up sending your CV to a big number of job offers and waiting for an answer. As soon as you get a call about a possible interview – you should be getting prepared as you will not only be asked questions that concern your work experience, but you may be asked something a bit more.
One of the most difficult questions for those that do not get prepared for the interview is ‘why do you want to work for us?’ If you know nothing about the company interviewing you, it will be almost impossible to give an honest answer that will be good for the impression you are trying to make. If you got into a situation like this, there are some things you can do. You can begin by mentioning things that you’ve heard from the interviewer (fast-developing company, international company, company with high standards, etc). However, if you are asked to elaborate on whether you know something about the company, you might fall into a trap and they will know that you did not know anything about them. In case of high number of job applicants, each thing you say may influence you directly.
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There are four basic steps on how to answer this question:
You must acknowledge the company’s uniqueness, and the key to do it well is to be specific. If your answer could be given to any company you are interviewed at – you are not specific enough. Mention things you learned about the company and how they suit you. Mention that you appreciate that the company spends resources on education of its employees and that you always dreamt of working with teams of leaders developing new leaders.