This is one of the most common questions, and to some people the most important question. “Why us?” Recruiters ask this, because it’s a shortcut summary of your motivations. If you’ve mentioned this in your cover letter, great – you’ve already done the legwork. 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.
Remember that an interview is a lot like a first date, so make sure to explain what makes you and the company a great fit. Talk about yourself, not just the company, and how you see the two of you doing great things together.
It may be uncomfortable, but this kind of question is great to present a short pitch for you getting the job. Make sure your answer isn’t 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.
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