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When applying for jobs, you have plenty of options. Hiring managers want to know exactly what interests you about their opening. At first glance, “Why do you want the job?” seems like a relatively simple question, but putting your reasons for applying into an impressive response can be more challenging than you realize.

Despite its status as an interview standard, this question catches many candidates off-guard, causing them to awkwardly fumble their words and failing to intelligently convey their interest. Prior to your interview, take the time to prepare a dynamic response that will help you stand out as a candidate.

  1. Highlight Relevant Skills and Experience

The job stood out because it perfectly complements your skills and experience, so use this to sell yourself as the best choice. Highlight your top abilities relative to the position and explain how this knowledge will allow you to excel at the job. Most likely, the hiring manager has already put the pieces together, but this will confirm you’re on the same page.

  1. Demonstrate Cultural Fit

Your ability to adapt to the company culture will make or break your chances of getting hired. Browse social media, the company website and online review sites to learn as much as possible about the culture before the interview. Pair your findings with any additional insights gained during the meeting and use this to convey enthusiasm for both the fantastic job and the amazing culture. For example, if the company is big on collaboration and has an open work environment, explain why you prefer this to working by yourself in an office.

  1. Work It Into Your Future Plans

No one wants to hire a candidate looking for a job to pay the bills until something better comes along, so make it clear this position is what your dreams are made of. Offer a glimpse at your career aspirations for the future and demonstrate a desire to build your tomorrow with the company. Share what you’d like to learn from the position and where you hope to be five, 10 and even 20 years down the road — as long as it still involves being employed by the company.

If you’re looking for a flexible opportunity, steady work and great pay, benefits and training, StaffMasters has you covered. Choose from a variety of light industrial, administrative, contact center and professional jobs with leading employers throughout the Carolinas. Contact us today to start your search!

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