This question is popular for many interviewers because they want to know why you are interested in the specific job you are applying to. Many people apply for multiple jobs at a time, so when you show your interviewer that you understand the role in its entirety, you are more likely to get the job! In this article, we will show you how to prepare and effectively answer this question so that you can stand out as a strong candidate. So, what do you know about this job?
As with many interview questions, one of the most important things that you can do is prepare. First, do your research on the specific job itself. What are the typical duties of this job? Will you be interacting with customers a lot? What skills are most important? Even if you are confident that you fully understand the roles of this job, it never hurts to spend some extra time researching the post before an interview. You might learn something new, and this can impress your interviewer!
Once you have a good understanding of the responsibilities of this job, it is time to move onto the second step of your research—the company. Each organization is different, and because of this, they will have different goals, values, and expectations. A great place to start is by looking at their website. Many places have a page where they highlight the aspects that are important to their business. Additionally, some even had a webpage where they, in detail, explain what they are looking for in their applicants.
Remember, if you do not take the time to learn about them and the job they are offering, they will not want to take the time to learn about you—it is a two-way street! Show them that instead of randomly applying to a job, you made sure this job position was right for you.
After finishing your research, you should reflect on why you are suitable for this job. What experience do you have? If you are applying for a job as a waiter, maybe you held this position at a previous restaurant. Even if you did not have the exact job position, chances are, you have had other similar job experiences. Maybe you worked in retail or as a barista, so you know how to interact with customers. Each job you had, or even your experiences from school, taught you skills that are valuable in every type of situation.
Next, think about the abilities you have to offer that are appropriate for the job. Do you have strong communication, leadership, or problem-solving skills? Are you reliable and hard-working? As you reflect on your experiences and skills, make a note of specific scenarios that demonstrate these skills. Your interviewer might ask for this, and having examples will give you credibility as you answer the question.
Now that you are confident in the job position that you are applying for and have your skills and experiences ready, it is time to answer the question. Keep it simple and to the point. Avoid rambling and try not to be vague. You know a lot about this job now, so show it off, and be confident!
Example: After learning about your restaurant, I know that I would be managing about 3 tables at a time. I would need to interact with the customers and make sure that they are comfortable by getting their food to them on time and checking in on them occasionally.
Example: Since this is a popular restaurant, I know that hiring employees that are friendly, dependable, and work well in busy environments are essential to this establishment.
This part will be a transition into the final part of your answer. Because of this, make sure that the examples you give can be directly related to your experience and skills in the next part of your answer.
This is the last step of your response, and your final chance to demonstrate what you know about the job. Often times, people will want to cram in every single skill and experience that they have—do not do this. After looking at your resume and asking you other questions, your interviewer will be able to see what other skills and experiences you have. Be specific and only mention skills that are relevant to the first parts of your answer.
Example: Working at XYZ for 5 years as a waitress, I gained a lot of experience in this type of work setting. I also worked as a babysitter, so I am used to being busy, and I thrive working in a fast-paced environment. Since I am in school as well, I have learned how to be proactive, and I am extremely organized.
Pick qualities that make you feel confident because if you sound uncertain, your interviewer will be more hesitant to believe you. You do not have to be perfect or have years of experience. If you can show your interviewer that you have the skills and qualities that they are looking for in this kind of job position, you are more likely to land that job.
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