How to answer “Why do you want to work for us?”

How to answer "Why do you want to work for us?" Questions

Why are recruiters asking this?

This is one of the most common questions, “why us?” Recruiters ask because it’s a shortcut summary of your motivations. If you’ve mentioned this in your cover letter, it would be a good idea to reference that story or talk about the same topics. 

This question can take many forms, and you should tailor your answer to the style of questioning. 

However, you can keep the same basic elements in your reply. Talk about yourself, not just the company, but what makes you and the company the best fit. 

It may be uncomfortable, but this kind of question is great to present a short pitch for you getting the job. Don’t be too generic, everyone wants to work for the top companies, (because they’re the top companies) but do your research and try to find an angle that speaks to you and then explain why. 

Checklist for a great answer

  • Be unique and specific, to be memorable
  • Pitch yourself 
  • Can be a personal story
  • Be charismatic and inspirational

Examples

EY is my top choice for my first role because first I want to work in consulting. Why specifically EY, has to do with values and “building a better working world”. For the last 2 years I’ve volunteered with Dress for Success, a nonprofit which helps empower women at work. I’ve followed EY’s approach to gender equality and I appreciate how you can bring your whole self to work. I’d like to build my career in an inclusive environment, while developing my skills and advancing my expertise in financial consulting.

Other similar questions

  • Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]?
  • What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why do you want this job?
Category: Q&A

One Reply to “How to answer “Why do you want to work for us?””

  1. This is the most important question for me to ask. Answers vary widely but it helps me look into the soul of the applicant. They can be honest and answer like I need the money or I want to work near home or? Or they shoot you a bunch of horse manure. I always try to assess their answers at a later date. As for what do they think they can accomplish in the first 30/60/90 days, there is no way they can accurately answer that one but I like the idea. The rest of your examples are fine.

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