3 points to answer “Why do you want to work with us?”

We meet many people in our office, who blow their interviews by not preparing well for question, “Why do you want to work with us?” They also complain, “You know, I have sent about 50 copies of my resume still no results”. Jobseekers must understand that seeking jobs is not mere a number game. It is not about how many resumes you sent or how many interviews you attended. It is how well you prepared your resume and what was your strategy for interview. Our advise is, don’t just hope to get success by distributing resumes.

Imagine one fine morning you get a call, “Hello, Mr. Rajat. I am Deepa from ABC Company. I am responding to your resume submitted for post of Support Engineer. May I know why would you like to work with us?” Response to this question must be prompt and precise. If Rajat starts like, “Hmmm, well, I have applied to many companies and talked to many HRs, would you please elaborate in detail what were the responsibilities of the position?”, he has blown his chances. Hence you need planning. Before going to strategy to answer this question let’s look at why is this question asked at all?

Why this question?

Answer to the stated question explains many aspects of you and your planning to the interviewers. Most prominently it tells following:

  1. Your career goals and how this job fits into it
  2. Your seriousness for job and would you perform if hired?
  3. How much do you know about company, industry and position?

Strategy to answer this question

Before starting to strategize the answer, have a look at three things you future employers want to know. We can sum them up as, your future employer is looking for an individual, with serious plan for future, who is well aware of industry. So answer to this question should reflect said qualities about you.

Let’s simplify things for you. Just address each point in one to two sentences and you get your answer.

Explain in short what your goals are, may be for next three to five years. Explain that in order to achieve it, offered position can be a big milestone. This reflects you have a clear plan which is achievable and also if hired, you plan to stay at that position at least for next three to five years. This also shows that you are not a job hopper.

For addressing next point, you need to do a bit of research about the company, its background, products, markets and most importantly things in which company takes pride in. Companies pride is hidden in its tagline. For example, Coca-cola takes pride in spreading happiness. You must mention it and then also express you interest to do same.

Samples

  1. I have been working as Sales Engineer for about three years now and I have achieved all targets till date. I understand basic role and expectations of the position. I wish to move forward in my career by becoming Territory Manager where, I can use my experience to help Sales Engineer sell. This will help increase my share of contribution. Also, I have read in CEO Interview dated 12th January for XY News that the company takes pride in best service. I completely agree that best service in market can ensure long term business. I would be more than happy to contribute my bite to your service and in turn business. So, I would like to join your company.
  2. I have been working as Senior Engineer for couple of years, working on JAVA. Now, looking forward for about next four years, I wish to learn a leader’s skills and implement them successfully. I am sure I can perform at this position because I take initiatives; I am a good technical resource and an efficient team member. Your company is known for coding and I am proud of my contributions in establishing Standard Operating Procedures for our team, which improved our codes quality dramatically. With a team to work with me, I am sure; I can contribute in even better at this task.

How to answer “Tell me about yourself” in job interview

We know this is most commonly discussed question on all forums but, still this week we chose to discuss the question “Tell me about yourself”. There are as many numbers of answers for this question as number of interviews. Today we are going to discuss about traditional ways of answering the question, why this question is asked at all and how to answer this question based on situation.

Traditional Answers

How many of you have answered this question by starting with details of you and your family members; then, going through details of your education and then your likes and dislikes? Although this strategy is not bad, it is inadequate especially for job interviews. We understand that in case you are a fresher you may not have anything else to speak about. For a second, put yourself into interviewer’s shoes. What would you expect?

Why this question is at all asked?

Many fresh college graduates are nervous in an interview. Few interviewers look towards this question as an ice-breaking question. Talking about oneself is considered to be one of the easiest tasks. Also, job of interviewer is to understand what the candidate knows and not pointing out what he doesn’t know. Intention behind this question is to make interviewee comfortable with environment.

Few interviewers are interested in knowing if you are serious for job interview and have you prepared this predictable question well. Failing to answer this question hampers your chances of selection badly. So, these interviewers might not be that bothered about details in your answer but, interested in delivery of the answer.

Few interviewers ask “Tell me about yourself” or “Introduce yourself” in order to know you genuinely, to understand background you come from. Answers to these questions give them pointers to ask further questions. Here, when we say background, we mean details related to job you have applied for.

So what is the right answer to this question?

Strategy to answer

Final answers may differ for this question but, strategy remains the same. While preparing an answer for this question, ask yourself following questions. Answers to which should give you your final answer.

  1. Where are you from?
  2. What have you done for so many years?
  3. What are you currently doing?
  4. What are your achievements?
  5. What is your objective?

Let’s look at the answers one by one.

  1. Where are you from?

Start by explaining where are you from?

Let’s take an example. Bharat spent 8 years of his professional career as sales and marketing person at various positions. He is basically from Bangalore. He can start by saying, “Hello, I am Bharat. I am excited to be here. Thank you for the opportunity to present myself. I have spent most of life as a student in Bangalore. I completed my Mechanical Engineering from XYZ college in 2004 with first class throughout.”

If Bharat is a fresh graduate student who wishes to, join sales department of a CAD solution company, he could say, “Hello, I am Bharat. I am excited to be here. Thank you for the opportunity to present myself. I am from Belagaon and currently studying in Bangalore. I will pass my Mechanical Engineering in June 2015.”

  1. What have you done for so many years?

For answering this question look at one thing which you have been doing for last few years.

Bharat could say “I am a result-oriented sales and marketing professional with over 8 years experience predominantly in CAD, CAE and PLM field. I have worked with sales and marketing departments of ABC group, XYZ Technologies and MNO Consulantants in these years.”

Bharat as a fresh graduate would say, “I am a Mechanical Engineer with interest in CAD, CAE and PLM field. Right now I am preparing for final semester examination. I am people oriented person who likes to interact with people. I also like providing them solutions for the identified problems.”

  1. What are you currently doing?

After understanding you in first few lines interviewer is interested in knowing what you do currently.

Bharat could say, “I am currently, leading newly launched Product Sales Division of XYZ Technologies with the help of 6 team members’ for sales and marketing functions for last 18 months. I interact with clients on regular basis. I conduct review meetings and also mentor junior sales Engineers.”

Fresh graduate could say, “I am currently busy on working on my final year project where we have decided to use Finite Element Analysis as a tool to do parametric study of bridges under variable loads. In the project we are changing loads considering various traffic trends throughout the day.”

  1. What are your achievements?

You could add your achievements in order to supplement your claim for the job.

Bharat could say, “I have specific communication and presentation skills to co-ordinate with internal and external customers and leverages finely-honed interpersonal, negotiation and time management skills to expand business. Last quarter, I met 95% of target. Throughout my career, I have been a consistent performer, always achieving at least 90% target.”

Fresh graduate could say, “I am trained on CATIA – a computer aided drawing tool by official partner of DASSAULT. During last break, I was an intern at ASD where I did market research on CAE field. During this internship, I talked to many clients of ASD which helped me introduce to the field of CAD/CAE sales really well.”

  1. What is your objective?

End with restating the same objective from your resume.

Bharat could say, “I am looking forward to an assignment where experience in Funnel Creation, Branding, Channel management and Team Building can be leveraged to contribute to organizational targets and overall growth”

Fresh graduate could say, “I am looking forward to work with CAD/CAE Company where I can join Sales and Marketing team where I can contribute to growth and in turn learn not only technical aspects but commercial aspects of the industry.”

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