30 Answers To "Why Do You Want To Work Here?" [2020 Updated]

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“Why do you want to work here?” is probably something we’ve heard from a hiring manager at least once in our lives. This common question seems simple, but sometimes it can be tough to answer. Especially if you’re not entirely invested in the specific company you’re applying for. We all need to make money, right? Still, you’ll need to answer this question appropriately. We’ve put together 50 fantastic example answers to this question so you’ll be able to get the ball rolling in how you might answer this question for yourself.

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First, let’s talk about why hiring managers ask this question and how you should prepare for it.

How To Answer “Why Do You Want To Work Here?”

The biggest reason this question is asked by hiring managers is simple: They want to know how invested you are in them as a company and whether or not you’re applying just for a job. It's a fairly simple way to tell whether or not you've spent the time to look into what's happening with the company. Remember, companies like to hire people who are passionate about the business. You are there to facilitate not just a job function but an overall demeanor of success. If you aren't familiar with their values, then it's going to come across easily when you answer this question for the interviewer.

Pretty much every industry position will facilitate this question. And realistically, sometimes you are just there for a job. Even then, don’t let that be your answer. You should do your best to be thoughtful and accurate in your response. Prepare by studying answers to “Why do you want to work here?” and customize your own answer for the specific job you’re applying for.

Pro fact: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the price of a bad hire (for a company) is estimated at a minimum 30% of the employee’s first-year salary. This means hiring is now more strict than ever before.

It's important you customize the answer based on recent events. As you'll see from some of the answers below, they may be more situational to a certain time or event. If that's the case, choose an answer like that and begin to customize it for your particular needs. If you don't, the answer will seem as though you are fibbing and that may knock you out of the running of candidates. Be genuine, think about an answer which is going to reflect your personal interest in the company.

Let’s look at some “Why do you want to work here?” examples to use for your next job interview.

30 Example Answers To “Why Do You Want To Work Here?”

Below are a number of examples to this answer. Note that each sample answer should be customized to your needs. Think of each sample answer as a framework for you to insert your own methods, ideas, and beliefs.

Example one

I read a write-up a few months back on the outreach your company does within the local community. Giving back and volunteering is an important part of my own personal core values, and I remember feeling happy that a company values this community as much as I do. That happiness grew when I saw there was a job position opening in my field here. I would really enjoy coming to work each day with the knowledge that I am helping to make a difference in the community through my work in this position.

Example two

I really do believe in the value of collaboration, and so when I saw a position with your company in the production department I had to make sure my application was put in. I believe strongly in working with other colleagues towards a common goal. I also know the skills I bring not only as a developer but as a member of a team will make me a valuable team member as well.

Example three

I have nothing but respect for the technological innovations you’ve been developing, and I want nothing more than to be a part of a company that is changing the world.

Example four

I’ve been a fan of your products for years. In my experience, one a product becomes popular the company behind it gets lazy with the quality. In the ten years I’ve been using this product, it’s only gotten better. I want to be an advocate for this product and work on it.

Example five

I firmly believe in taking a collaborative approach to each project I’m a part of, so when I saw a position with your company to join the production team I knew I had to apply! I've seen your work in this industry, and your advertisements and interviews really inspired me because I saw the teamwork in action. I love working with a team to achieve a common goal, and I know my background in collaboration and production has prepared me for this role. I look forward to becoming a valued contributor to this incredible team.

Example six

I love this industry and can’t imagine not being in it. But if I’m going to get anywhere, I need to be with the best of the best. This business is not only the leader in this industry, but it’s the only company that I have the utmost trust and confidence in.

Example seven

This company has the reputation of being one of the leading businesses in the industry in this state, with quite a list of impressive customers as well as a notoriously high customer satisfaction rate. Your partners are frequent speakers at national conferences in this industry, and they are advocating for solutions and changes for the type of products that you make. These are signs to me that this company is a leader, not a follower in any sense. With my background in this industry, I'm very interested in changing the industry and feel like I can do that by being a part of this business.

Example eight

I honestly didn’t know much about this company before the interview process. In my research, I’ve found that your goals and my skills match up almost perfectly.

Example nine

I have used your products for many years and I’ve always been very impressed with the innovations and consistent concern you seem to have for helping your customers learn how to use them effectively. With the exceptional quality of your products, marketing them almost feels like a service to me since I’m so invested in them myself. I would really enjoy helping you to continue to innovate and to increase your market share and join the team.

Example ten

I think that the company culture here is perfect for me, so my employment would be a seamless transition for us both.

Example eleven

This business has a wonderful reputation as a lovely place to work. You place a high value on your employees and encourage them to learn, grow, and become their best inside the company. This means that employees happily work here for many years and there is little turnover, which is far beyond the average length with one employer. And, according to your customers online, the high quality of your products reflect your impressive employee satisfaction, which is not surprising! This feels like a win for stockholders, employees, and customers alike. And I would be very happy to join this team.

Example twelve

I believe that excellent customer service is what sets a business apart from others. I have ample experience in customer relations, and I have to say that I’m impressed by the sheer success of your department and high amount of satisfied customer reviews online. That’s the kind of company I want to be a part of.

Example thirteen

Before the recruiter told me about this opportunity at the recent job fair, I have to admit that I didn't know much about your business. I've been doing some research in preparation for this interview, and I have to say that I'm impressed by your products and your vision for the future. I'm really interested in getting more involved in the public side of development, and I read that you are really growing in that area. As an experienced developer I know I can bring a lot of value to the team.

Example fourteen

I wanted to get involved in this industry and your company is definitely the leader when it comes to innovation.

Example fifteen

I have used your products for many years and am consistently impressed with the innovations and changes made in the space. I also appreciate your dedication to education by providing your customers with free demos and excellent technical support to learn how to use your products correctly and effectively. I would love to be a part of this incredible team and use my skills to continue the unique work you are doing here.

Example sixteen

I want to come home knowing that I made a difference on any given day. This is the company that can do that for me.

Example seventeen

I’ve been using your services for a while now. When I saw the job ad, I jumped at the change to be a part of a company that provides such excellent care.

Example eightteen

One of my friends is an employee here, and all he does is rave about this business. I saw a real change in him since he’s been working here, and I believe that this company cares about its employees. And when the employees are happy, they provide the most excellent work.

Example nineteen

I’ve been researching this industry for a while and found that this company is top-notch when it comes to production. I’m interested in working for the best of the best.

Example twenty

I think this company is changing the industry. I want to be a part of a company that’s changing history.

Example twenty one

I’ve heard about your reputation in this industry. I would be proud and quite happy to work for a business with such an excellent track record and a strong example of leadership in the industry. I have a colleague that works in the technology department and she told me that the culture here is unlike any other. She also mentioned that the management here supports continuing education and training on the job while rewarding hard work when its due. Based on her testimony and encouragement, I think that I would fit in well with the team here to make a quick impact.

Example twenty two

I’ve heard nothing but positive reviews from employees about this company and my skills are perfect for this position.

Example twenty three

I love your products and want to be involved in their production and marketing.

Example twenty four

I’ve been in this industry for a long time and nobody is shaking things up quite like you are. I want to be a part of that.

Example twenty five

Your company is groundbreaking in its production techniques, and I think my skills and experience would be a perfect match for this position.

Example twenty six

I've seen your business pretty much consistently listed as one of the top places to work. I've read employee reviews and heard of your enthusiasm for encouraging employee growth through education, training, and other useful resources. I already know that engaged employees do better work and that is quite evident in the most recent campaign you lead. I would love to join your team, continue to create great work, and grow within the company by learning new skills.

Example twenty seven

I’ve always had dreams about being involved in creating innovations in this product. I believe that this company is the one company in this industry that is pushing to revolutionize this product.

Example twenty eight

This company is globally known for the products you create, and my experience in this type of technology and developing new products has me interested in this position. I saw that last month you won several awards for the new product you designed, and I would adore being on a team that is as collaborative, hardworking, and resourceful as you.

Example twenty nine

I recently decided the change industries, as my previous line of work wasn’t focusing enough on outreach. Your company is the only one I’ve found in this industry with a passion for outreach, and I want to help.

Example thirty

I saw a blog post about your new CEO and the company’s renewed investment in innovation. As a fellow innovator, this drew me to the position with your business because I know that I will absolutely thrive in a situation where innovation is at the top of everything we do.

What To Avoid When Answering

In general, the best things to avoid when answering this question are ones that are less genuine to yourself. Usually, you'll provide a little background on your answer to this question, meaning you'll be telling a short story to assist with the reasoning. If you aren't telling a genuine answer, you'll struggle to tell a compelling or honest story. Avoid saying bland answers, ones that every candidate will say.

You need to pick an answer that is going to be reflective of the type of work you will be doing and what you might be able to bring to the table. Last but not least, try not to avoid long pauses when answering this question. You want to let the interviewer know that you were prepared for this question, as it's one that comes up quite frequently. When the interviewer asks, strike with your answer in an eager and exciting way. But don't spend too long providing your answer, be brief and impactful.

Common Job Seeker FAQ's

Below are common questions asked by job seekers regarding this interview question and their job search.

Should I talk about my career goals (long-term career goals and short-term career goals) or dream job when answering this question?

It certainly can help to talk about your career goals or aspirations. Though, when you do it you should be sure you're showing that the value you can provide to the company can also exchange value to your career.

What if I don't know why I want to work at the company?

That's okay. Spend time to scour the company's website and learn what makes them great. Learn about the company's products, services, people, and the way they work. Then use that as a source for your reasons and interest in the position.

Should I explain why I want to work at the company in my cover letter?

It can be beneficial to open your cover letter with a short statement that alludes to why you want to work at the company. Something special about the business that stands out to you. Reference the mission statement or company's culture. But keep it short. And be sure that aligns with the answer you'll be providing when interviewing.

Should I reference some of my personal motivations as a way to answer the question?

It certainly can help. But your motivations should align with the job title you're applying for. Reference your personal LinkedIn account if you speak about the industry or your job function often. You want to be a master of this particular function in the business. And showing your personal website or resume with a long history of working in the field can be beneficial to your prospective employer to feel more secure about deploying you into the role.

What does the company's mission matter in this answer?

Referencing parts of the company's mission can be impactful and support your knowledge of the business as well as the "why" being your desire to work at the company through this common interview question.

Should I mention the company's reputation?

Certainly. Saying a few things about the reputation of the company and how that is affecting your job hunt and your desire to apply to the job opening can be very impactful. Mention something about the fact that it will help with your career goals and overall desire to advance yourself.

What if I want to mention my past experience?

If you want to do that, you should try to implement your reasoning for wanting to be with the company first. Either the work culture, work environment, corporate culture, or their company vision (company's goals). Then support your previous work history as to why you feel you are a good fit for the role. Your potential employer will appreciate ou bringing up your past experience but will want to know more about why you feel you are a good fit for the role first.

What types of interview preparation should I have for this interview question?

The best thing to do is to study the company website, study their most recent products and services. What they've been in the news about. And be prepared to have a firm understanding of that particular company. Then you can try to align yourself to why you want to be there.

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author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.


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