How to Answer "Why do you want this job?" Interview Question
Why do you want this job is a versatile question which will be asked in 99.9% of interviews. A corresponding 99.9% of the time the absolute honest answer will be "for the money". However, this is an opportunity for you to sound genuinely enthusiastic about you potential new employer. It also offers the chance to give your view on why you believe you would be a good fit for the company.
Example answer : In my last post I feel I have taken my skills as far as they can go. Looking into your company I can see an opportunity for me to take my talents to the next level and believe I can be a strong asset to your team.
Here you are putting the point across that you feel there is more to be gained from employing you than your previous achievements might suggest.
If the job you have applied for is one in which you can physically see, such as a shop assistant or secretary. Then you can tailor your answer to suit this.
"Having visited this store many times over the last few years, I have witnessed your staff at work and believe I would fit in well. I enjoy interacting with people and believe I can be a big help to the stores customers. I have often considered trying to get a position here and I am delighted to be given the chance at this interview. "
With this answer you are telling the interviewer that you have had an active interest in working here for some time. If the job involves a team and/or customers explaining that you enjoy working with people will be necessary. A follow up question to this answer could be "Then why didn’t you apply sooner?" Be prepared for the follow up and nip it in the bud with a response along the lines of; Finishing studies, other employment etc.
Another example answer could be:
“I would really love to join your team as I have been working in this field for a very long time now, and I really want to make the next step up now into management. I feel I have a lot to offer, and a lot to teach others, and also a lot more to learn.”
“I would love to be a sales assistant on your beauty concession as I love cosmetics, and I have a good eye for colours. I love helping my friends with choosing the right colours and shades and I know that your brand is the best. I would absolutely love to use the skills I have already to help customers in store to find the right cosmetics for them, and teach them the best ways of applying them. As I’m such a people person, people enjoy chatting with me and taking my advice, so I think your customers would really love me.”