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 prepare for an interview (3 of 3)

In this series about job interview, we have already seen how to prepare in advance for an interview. Today we will discuss some tips regarding preparation for the actual day.

Dressing

Many people ask us what they should be wearing on interview. Is wearing a formal suit necessary or a plain shirt would do? Our advice is to wear regular formals which they would be wearing every day after joining that office. This means if you are interviewed for the post of Site Engineer then there is no necessity to wear the suit absolutely. If you are interviewed for office positions where clients visit rarely and wearing a bit casual clothes is a norm, then wearing formal plain shirt and trousers is more than enough. But if you are interviewed for the position responsible for sales of high end Luxury cars, wearing full suite is must.

Colours add a lot to your impression. Wear blue, white, grey or brown to create professional look.

For men plain full shirt with trousers are necessary. Wearing tie or suit has to be decided based on criteria discussed above. Wear black leather shoes along with black belt. Cut your hair short and shave clean. If you grow hair groom them into acceptable fashion.

For women Punjabi suits or office formals depending on the office culture and candidate’s comfort are necessary. Hair should be tied appropriately. Formal footwear depending on Industry type is advisable.

Travelling Logistics

A day before make sure you know the place you are supposed to report for the interview. If you do not know, please make sure you visit it or at least research about travelling logistics for reaching the place well in time. Figure out about distance and travelling time from your place. If you are travelling by public transport, make sure you are keeping sufficient margin.

Reach the destination about 15 minutes early to carry out formalities at security and reception counter.

Truth, Truth and Truth

On day of interview many people brag about achievements. Be reasonable. If they are really great then there is no problem in describing your achievements in quantifiable terms. Just avoid going overboard. The interviewer has already spent more years in the same industry than you have. He will catch you in few seconds and might not even let you know.

Be courteous

During interview make sure to maintain eye contact with all panelists. This ensures that nobody feels left out. Use “Thank You” and “Please” whenever required. If you are offered to drink or eat, don’t reject the offer right away but at the same time make sure that you still focus on discussion at hand than worrying about the snacks.

Do not play with mobile. Better switch it off. It shows your seriousness for the job and importance you assign to your future employer.

We have many more tips to talk about. Please visit our page on Career Building to know more. Keep rocking.

How to make impression on your first day of new job?

On first day of a new job, we get nervous, even people with good communication get nervous. It is natural, considering the expectations from new employers, your expectations from new work place and most importantly your colleagues. You would spend considerable amount of time of the day with them. If you can manage to impress your team on first day, your overall sailing is going to be relatively easy. This can be an important day in you career. Remember you don’t get second chance to create first impression.

Here are few tips on how to handle your first day smoothly.

  1. Greet everyone and offer handshake.

After all formalities in Human Resources Department, one of HR person will introduce you to your new colleagues by taking you to everyone’s department. This is your first chance. Greet everyone hello or Good Morning. Offer a full hearted firm handshake. Your way of handshake actually reflects your level of confidence.

  1. Show interest in your colleagues.

Don’t you like when people get your name right on first meeting? Yes! People like to hear them name in first meeting and they will be really impressed if you can recall their names after that too. So, after your conversation repeat colleague’s names.

A typical conversation with new colleague Gopal may go like this:

HR: Hello Gopal meet Venky. He is joining as consultant in your team.

Gopal: Oh! Hi Venky. How are you?

You: Hello Gopal, am good. Thanks. How about you?

Gopal: I am good. So from which college you completed your Engineering?

You: I was in NIT, 2009 batch.

Gopal: Oh! Really I passed from same college.

You: That’s a real surprise. How come I never saw you.

Gopal: 2005. We have considerable gap. Nice to see you here.

You: You too Gopal. See you around.

  1. Participate in staff meetings.

Normally, this introduction is followed by a team meeting where your manager will introduce you formally to your team and also few senior members. Here, you would be asked to introduce yourself. Please elaborate on your past in short. Don’t bore people with long stories of your brilliance. Let your work speak about it. Also, explain what was your perception of the new company? Don’t criticize or be too informal during this description.

  1. Dine with new colleagues.

Invite your colleagues to join dining with you. Don’t ignore any invitations; grab opportunity and join them to interact. They say, you know more about a person on dining table than spending entire day with him.

I hope this helps. Keep looking this place for more updates every Thursday.