‘Why do you want to work here?’ is an almost guaranteed question for any graduate IT job. The question appears short and simple but don’t be fooled. It's actually several questions rolled into one so read on to see the good approaches to answering this common IT graduate application and interview question.
To begin with, the question ‘why do you want to become a software engineer’ is a very well-grounded question for several reasons. For instance, it gives the employer a chance to understand the skill sets you have and what you would be suited to. Besides, it shows that you are interested and curious about the work you do.
There are several questions you need to answer here and they are as follows:
- What do you know about the company and the position?
- What evidence can you provide that you have an interest in the thing we do?
- What do you hope to get out of the job?
Saying "I’ve always wanted a career as a software developer in the financial services industry" won’t cut it. Naming relevant internships, side projects or university programmes will.
These will be on the recruiter's mind as they study your response:
- Are you serious enough about the job to have bothered researching us properly?
- Do you have a realistic understanding of what the position actually involves?
- Do you really want the job?
- If you accepted the job, how long would you stick around?
At the interview, you may be asked directly ‘Why do you want to work for us’, or you may be asked related questions about the job, company and your motivation for joining. Either way, keep the above points in mind.
After all, the best answer is just honesty. You will talk more about anything naturally if you are honest.
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So, ask yourself now: what fuels your desire?
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