Why do you want to join our company?

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Being fresh out of college is fun but it also has its own share of worry – landing a job. Whether it is a campus recruitment or a direct walk in, you are bound to be confronted by this tricky question – “Why do you want to join our company?” or “Why do you want to work here?” You may have graduated from the best B-school in town but if you are nervous in front of the interview board, chances are you will never land that dream job! Remember that only you can change your destiny; you just need to believe yourself and face the world.

Read on to find out the best possible ways to handle this question at any point of your career – whether you are a fresher or an experienced professional.

The important thing to keep in mind is, with this question employers actually evaluate two key areas - how passionate you are about the job opportunity and how much research you have done about the organization. If you are interested in a company, it means you are going to perform in the job well and stay longer in the organisation.
Your response to this question will effectively reveal that you have done your research. You can highlight specific areas that the employer does well and how they match your interests as well. Based on your answer, the interviewers can assess whether they can provide you a better opportunity than your current employer (if you are experienced already) or if you are a fresher, they can offer you a position that would best utilize your talent.

Here are some examples that would help you to get an idea of how to face this tricky question. Read on to find out a potential candidate’s take on the question, “Why do you want to join our company?”

Example 1

“As a fresher, I strongly believe that I can grow professionally in my career while working here. From my research on the company’s work ethics, I can ensure you that I will always try to focus on the company's vision and goals, and together we can reach the pinnacle of success.

Example 2

Working for an organization which has won the best employer award in the last three consecutive years is itself a motivating factor. But more importantly, I would like to start my career at a place, which values ethical practices and encourages overall development of its workers.

Example 3 for candidate appearing for a interview in a Product Company

I have always admired the company for the cutting edge products and developments it is bringing in the market for the past few years. The impact of our work is directly reflected among the society in general, which is a great feeling. I would like to be a part of this modern day game changer. Hence, I am open to opportunities that will allow me to evolve as a professional.

Tip : Remember to use “our” work instead of “your” as it will give a feeling of inclusivity. You already seems to be a part of company.

Example 4

Giving back to the society forms a big part of my personal philosophy and I was excited to see that there is a company that feels the same way. I read a newspaper article some time back about the outreach this company does with the community as a whole. I was very excited when I discovered that there was a job opening pertaining to my skill sets here. I would really feel motivated to come to work every day to a place like this - where my skills are valued along with my personal philosophies. I can enjoy the best of both the worlds!

Example 5

Well, name of the company speaks volumes for itself. I would love to be a part of a company with such a long history of leadership in the industry. Also, a good friend of mine has been working in corporate finance departments for a couple of years and she told me that the culture of this company supports learning and development and appreciates hard work.

Example 6

“My research shows you are the undisputed leader in your area because you’ve developed a product that [provide some details]. It is very important for me to work in an organization that prides itself on being the best. I also read that your company invested a fair amount in research and development to ensure that your products remain competitive in the market.

Moreover, for my professional growth, I would want to gain international experience. I noticed from the job description that international travel is part of the job. I also reviewed the backgrounds of some employees [give some names and the department they belong] and noticed that they have incredibly strong backgrounds. It is important for me to work with such a talent pool because I feel that I can grow in this organisation. My research also revealed that this company is very employee friendly and I would love to work in a company that values its workers.”

Example 7

I am a people’s person who loves interacting with people from diverse background. I value teamwork and so when I saw this position open with this company, I applied immediately. I also want to contribute and grow my skills in a company that believes in the power of unity in diversity. It just shows how this company has an all-inclusive culture. I also know that the skills I bring to the table as an engineer will not only provide work satisfaction, but will make me valuable resource to the company.

Example 8

I have been following this company in Forbes and LinkedIn and I must say that I harbour great respect for its cutting edge software products. It is my endeavour to work with the best in the business. I also have friends in the industry who have told me that this company value its employees as precious assets and also encourages their all-round learning and development. I too want to wake up every day and feel motivated to come to work in a company like this. Moreover, I think that my professional skills that I have acquired in my career so far will be put to good use here.

Example 9

As what I know, this job profile is for civil engineer who has hand-on experience in designing and managing construction projects. In my five years of experience as a civil engineer, I have successfully worked on many construction projects, learned how to resolve design related issues and how to manage construction budget. I have been awarded and appreciated for my designing skills, which I can bring to the table.

Example 10

I liked the job description and I also feel that my experience in leading several multi-functional teams makes me an excellent match for the job. The role excites me as developing cutting-edge software products is my passion. I already see myself delivering results from first day.

Example 11

XYZ company has a reputation for philanthropic and community service. I read a lot about the company’s participation in several welfare campaigns. I think, that is great! Plus when every other article refers to the company as a “harbinger of hope,” it’s hard to ignore. I want to work for a company that has that kind of impact.

Bonus Tip : An effective research will aid you to picture yourself in the job, and let your employer know that you have already anticipated the roles and responsibilities and ready to give it a shot. Be yourself and win the interview.All the very best!