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Your graduate job interview is well underway. You’ve just finished answering the tell me about yourself interview question, and are about to plunge into the next; ‘Why do you want to work for us?’
The employer will want to find out the motivations behind your graduate job application and not just because you stumbled across it on a jobs board. It’s also an ideal opportunity for you to enforce why and how you would be a perfect fit for the company.
We’ve found the best way to tackle this particular graduate job interview question, is to first understand, why does an employer ask it?
Before your next graduate job interview, ask yourself ‘why do I want to work there?’ to decipher what attracted you to it in the first place. This is a chance for you to demonstrate how much you know about the company, understand what they do, and the industry they’re in - ensuring you link these back to your genuine interests will enhance this.
Scroll through the company website to get a feel for the business and put a face to the name when looking at their ‘Meet the Team’ page, and finding out whether you support their core beliefs will also be a crucial part in navigating your answer.
Discussing your aims with the employer will enable them to gage your eagerness for the graduate job - do your goals match the company’s objectives? Explain which parts of the job are most appealing to you and how you can incorporate these aspects into the company – this will demonstrate your long-term plans and longevity is something employers often look for in a graduate hire.
You will have a proper opportunity to convince the Employer why you’d be a great fit for the company when they ask, ‘why do you think you’re right for the position’, but subtly adding this to responses throughout is a great way to tie everything together. Make sure you relate your interest in the company, sector, and brand values with how this would benefit the company.
Make sure your answer is clear and concise – do elaborate but make sure you don’t trail off course and onto a tangent as that could lead to talking yourself out of the job.
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