Job Interview Question: What Interests You About This Job?

Tips for Answering Questions About Why a Job Appeals to You

Answering Questions During an Interview
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There are a few general interview questions that you are likely to be asked in a job interview, regardless of what job you are interviewing for. One question you will likely be asked is “What interests you about this job?”

The interviewer asks this question to see that you know about the job. In particular, he or she wants to see if you know what the key requirements are, what skills will help you to excel, and how your experience matches up with those expectations.

Read below for advice on how to answer the question, as well as sample answers.

How to Answer Interview Questions About Why You are Interested in the Job

To help you prepare to answer a question about what interests you about a job, you should carefully read the job posting, noting the stated requirements, skills, and experience. It is also helpful to see if there is more information on the company website about what is expected in the role for which you are applying.

If the job listing is short, and there is not much information on the company website, you can also look up similar job listings on job sites like Indeed.com. You can even Google the job title to get more general information. These searches can give you a sense of typical expectations and requirements of the position.

Before your interview, make a list of your skills and experiences that match well with the stated requirements.

Then, try to think of specific examples of when you applied these skills for success on the job. Here is more information on how to match your qualifications to a job.

When answering the question, focus on one or two elements of the job that match well with your skills. Explain your experience with these elements of the job, using specific examples from your previous work experiences.

When answering the question, avoid focusing on how you would benefit from the job. For example, answers like “I want a job that will help me build my career” make you seem more focused on yourself than on the company.  That being said, you still want to convey your enthusiasm for the job. You want to emphasize that you are both qualified and passionate about the position.

Following the advice above will show that you know about the job you're interviewing for (not everyone does), and that you have the qualifications necessary to do the job well.

Best Answers

Below are some of the best job interview answers to the question, "What interests you about this job?" Customize these answers to fit your particular circumstances and the job you are applying for.

  • I am extremely interested in this job as Human Resources Manager. As you mentioned in the job listing, I would be responsible for recruiting, orientation and training. I was responsible for these functions in my most recent position. As Human Resources Assistant Manager at XYZ Company, I recruited over 100 employees, and led training for all the new staff in a department of 45 people. I am interested in this job because it would allow me to continue to develop my expertise in these areas.
     
  • I am interested in this job as a programmer because I am extremely interested in, and skilled at, learning and excelling at new technologies. I have already learned and mastered programs and languages ranging from Python to Java, and look forward to learning and mastering even more. I am also interested in creative problem solving, and have developed that skill as an analyst over the past ten years.
     
  • I am interested in this job as a special education teacher because I value your school’s mission, which is to focus on the unique needs of the individual child. As a special education teacher for the past six years, I have developed strategies for achieving academic and personal success for children, and I look forward to bringing these strategies to your school. For example, I developed a system for staying in regular contact with the parents of my students, and problem solving issues with them. I would love to continue this kind of communication here.

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