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3 Why do you want to work here?

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SUMMARY OF TIPS:

Your Goal: To show that you know a lot about the company and that your
qualifications match the company’s needs

! Find out all you can about the company, including the department where you would work and the people you would work for.
! Research the company’s products or services and the positive things it has done for the community or society.
! Be familiar with the company’s mission statement and core values.
! For large U.S. companies, look for information about the company through the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the Better Business
Bureau, in addition to the “About Us” section on the company’s own website.
! Don’t make the answer all about you. Focus on the positive things about the company, including its reputation in the industry.
! Tell the interviewer how your qualifications meets a need in their company.
! Show the interviewer that you are being selective about where you want to work and are not willing to take just any job offered to you.

Sample Answer 1:

This company is an industry leader and is at the forefront of exciting new developments in this field. Its mission to change the way consumers get and
send information is, I believe, where the biggest areas of growth are in the industry. Based on the company’s financials and its general performance in
the past year, Lotadoe is poised to take over as one of the top suppliers of online service in the world. I have read about the company’s many future projects that are designed to move the company forward toward achieving its mission. I want to be part of this company because I believe I can be part of that
growth.

In the past several years, I have led a number of innovative projects along the same lines as the current direction of this company. By doing this, I was able to
help my current company get a foothold in the market. I’m confident that I can bring my proven skills in management, development, and technology to succeed in your organization.

Sample Answer 2:

There are several reasons why I want to work for this company. First, I was impressed with the backgrounds of the founders and their vision for this
company. Their innovative thinking is, I believe, in line with the best thinking in the field right now. Your company also has one of the best reputations in the
industry for innovative thinking and taking serious corporate responsibility for making a difference in the local communities.

As I learned more about the company and its growth potential, it became clear to me that I may be able to make a significant contribution to its goals. Since I have been working for the past five years as a successful marketing strategist, I believe I can bring those skills and the knowledge I’ve gained to help the organization reach its mission to become an industry leader.

I am now looking for a new challenge where I can take my proven skills and apply them to new situations, as well as learning new techniques to continue my
own development. This is the company I've been looking for, a place where my background, experience, and skills can be put to use to make things happen.

GLOSSARY

industry leader – a company that is the best (strongest and wealthiest) in its industry
* Do you think that Microsoft will still be the industry leader for computer software 20 years from now?

at the forefront of – in the leading or first position in an industry or field
* This medical research company is at the forefront of the race to find a cure for AIDS.

mission – purpose; one sentence that summarizes why a company or organization exists.
* The mission of this organization is to make low-cost housing available for the largest number of people in the country.

growth – increase or expansion
* Recently, there has been a large growth in the world’s demand for oil.

financials – a company’s financial statements or financial performance; the numbers showing what the company spends and earns
* She always studies an organization’s financials before she donates her money.

performance – how well or how poorly an organization, company, or person does something
* No one wants to invest in that company because of its poor performance last year.

to be poised to – to be in a position to do something; to be ready to do something
* The swimmer was poised to jump into the pool when those three children got in and started playing in the water.

innovative – new, unique, and creative
* They received the Nobel Prize in Mathematics for their innovative ideas.

along the same lines as – similar to; related to
* Her new book is along the same lines as her previous one. The characters are different, but they face the same problems.

foothold – a hold on something; a position in an industry or field; a place to enter something
* When the soccer team’s star player broke his leg, the team lost its foothold in the competition.

to be impressed – to have a favorable impression; to be pleasantly surprised
* Weren’t you impressed with his resume? He went to the best schools in the country and he has been published in ten academic journals.

founder – a person who starts something, usually an organization, school, or company
* The university’s library is named after the university’s founder.

vision – an idea or picture in one’s mind about what one wants for the future
* I think that we all agree on the organization’s vision: to create a world without hunger or poverty.

in line with – compatible with; similar to; the same as; like
* Their noisy conversations aren’t in line with what I would expect to hear from librarians during work hours.

reputation – how a company or a person is perceived (seen) by others
* The politician’s reputation was damaged when the newspapers announced that he had stolen money from the city.

corporate responsibility – a company’s duty to make positive contributions to the local community
* Shannon manages the company’s corporate responsibility programs, encouraging employees to volunteer and donating money to local schools.

growth potential – a company’s or a person’s opportunity or ability to expand and develop in the future
* The computer industry has huge growth potential because almost everyone wants to buy a newer, faster, and better computer every few years.

to put (something) to use – to use something; to be able to use something for a purpose
* She loves cooking, painting, and finance, and she would like to put her interests to use in one job, but she hasn’t found anything yet.

COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT

ESLPod.com presents "Interview Questions Answered," episode three.

Hello, I'm your host, Dr. Jeff McQuillan, coming to you from the Center for Educational Development in beautiful Los Angeles, California.

This series is designed to teach you the English you need to know to have a successful interview. We'll first listen to some tips on how to answer our
question, and then we'll listen to and explain two sample answers for the question.

Our question in this episode is: "Why do you want to work here?" Let's begin with some tips on answering this question.

Your goal or objective in answering this question is to show the person interviewing you that you know a lot about this company and that what you have to offer - your skills and qualifications - match their needs - are the things that they are looking for in this job. So, it's very important, as our first tip, that you find out all you can about this company, including the specific department where you would work and the people you would work for.

Every company wants their employees to be knowledgeable about their company - to know about their company. And, if you do some research - if you do some looking to see what this company is and what you will be doing at this company, you will show the company that you are interested in their company. So, the first thing to do is to find out as much as you can about this company that you are interviewing for.

You want to research, or look at or investigate, the company's products or services and the positive things it has done for the community or the society. You want to know what this company does. What do they sell? What do they produce? What do they do? The more you know about that, the more you can
show the person interviewing you that you are intelligent enough to know what this company is, and you are interested in it enough to know what the company does.

Most US businesses have something called a mission statement. A mission, "mission," statement. A mission statement is the same as the purpose. It's
usually one sentence, maybe two sentences, that summarizes what the company is about - why the company exists - what it is trying to do. So, you want to find that in the company's website or somewhere that tells you what their mission statement is, and you want to be familiar with it - you want to know what it is. You're not going to repeat it to the interviewer, you're not going to say, "I know what your mission statement is." Instead, you are going to try to use that information to help answer this question: "Why do you want to work here?" You need to know what the company has as its own mission in order to match that with your own ideas.

If you are interviewing with a large US company - a large American company - you can often find information about the company through something called the
US Securities and Exchange Commission, especially if this is a what we would call public company that sell stocks in a stock market. If it's a large US company, and it's a public US company like Google or Apple or IBM or Microsoft - these are all large public companies - you can get information from the US government, from something called the Securities and Exchange Commission. And, if you look for that on a website, you can find information about a specific company. It will tell you how much money they make, the kinds of things they make and so forth.

There's also something in the United States and in other countries called the Better Business Bureau. The Better Business Bureau, "bureau." The Better Business Bureau is an organization that has information about different companies and problems they may have had or things that they have done, so you can also look for that on the web. Of course, the company will probably have its own website, and there will be information on that website about the company. So, you want to read everything you can, especially the "about us" section in the website.

The purpose of doing all this research - all this investigation - if so that you can answer this question with an intelligent answer. So, don't make the answer to this question just about you; you want to show the person you are interviewing with that you know about this company.

One of the things you try to do is focus on positive things about this company. Of course, if you say good or positive things about this company, that will make your interviewer feel better; they will feel better about their own company. You don't want to do this too much, but you want to do it enough so that the person interviewing you knows that you have a positive attitude about this company.

Tell the interviewer how your qualifications meet a need or needs in their company. Once again, you want to show that your skills and qualifications are a good match for the company.

You also want to show the interviewer that you are being selective about where you want to work, and are not willing to take any job that someone offers you. You have to have confidence in your own capabilities - your own skills. You don't want them to think you're applying to 100 companies, even if you are applying to 100 companies. This is because you want them to know that they are special - that you want to interview with them because you want to work for their company. So, don't talk about other companies that you have interviewed for. Make sure that they think that this is the most important job, and that you will want a specific kind of job - you don't want just any job; you want to accept the job that is good for you and good for the company.

Let's listen to, now, a sample answer to the question: "Why do you want to work here?"

[Start of sample answer]

This company is an industry leader and is at the forefront of exciting new developments in this field. Its mission to change the way consumers get and send information is, I believe, where the biggest areas of growth are in the industry. Based on the company’s financials and its general performance in the past year, Lotadoe is poised to take over as one of the top suppliers of online service in the world. I have read about the company’s many future projects that
are designed to move the company forward toward achieving its mission. I want to be part of this company because I believe I can be part of that growth.

In the past several years, I have led a number of innovative projects along the same lines as the current direction of this company. By doing this, I was able to help my current company get a foothold in the market. I’m confident that I can bring my proven skills in management, development, and technology to succeed in your organization.

[End of sample answer]

The woman begins her answer to this question by saying something very positive about the company. She says, "This company is an industry leader and is at the forefront of exciting new developments in this field," or this area of work. To say that they are an industry leader, "industry," means that they are one of the strongest or the best companies in this particular type of work. Industry is another word for field or area of work, so it could be the manufacturing industry - companies that make things; the automobile industry - companies that make cars; those are kinds of companies. So, what she is saying is that this company is one of the best - they're an industry leader. They're "at the forefront of exciting developments." When we say a company is at the forefront of something, again, this is another way of saying they are a leader - they are in the first or leading position in this industry or this field. So, she's saying things that are good about the company, and that is an important part of this answer. Make sure that you tell the company that you want to work for them because they are a leader - they are an important and leading company.

The mission of the company, she says, is "to change the way consumers get and send information." So, she's familiarized herself with their mission, and she's saying I know what your mission statement says - I know what your purpose is - what I want to do is related to that. She says the company's "mission to change the way consumers get and send information is, I believe, where the biggest areas of growth are in the industry." She's saying that she wants to work for this company because it's going to grow - it's going to continue to get bigger. Remember, growth is the same as getting larger, increasing, expanding - those
are all related to this idea of growth. When we talk about growth in the company, we mean it's getting bigger or getting larger

So, she's interested in this company because it's in an area of high growth, we would say. Then she indicates or she shows the interviewer that she has done her research - she has looked at this company. She says, "Based on the company’s financials and its general performance in the past year, Lotadoe is poised to take over as one of the top suppliers of online service in the world." She begins by saying that "Based on the company's financials," it will continue to grow. Financials for a company, and notice that the word is plural, are the financial statements - the information that says how much money the company made - how much their profit was, how much they earned, how much they got and how much they spent - those are financials.

So, she's looked at the company's financials and its general performance in the last year. Performance, "performance," is how well a person or an rganization or a company does something. You can have employee performance; you can have company performance. Here, she's talking about how well the company has performed, to use the verb. Because of the company's performance - because of how it has done, she says it is "poised to take over as one of the top
suppliers in the world." The verb, to be poised, "poised," to something - to do something - means that they are in the position to - they are ready to. They
haven't done it yet, but they are almost there. So, when a company is poised to do something, it's ready to do something. In this case, the company is poised to takeover or to become one of the best companies in its field.

She then answers the question by saying, "I have read about the company’s many future projects that are designed to move the company forward" - to
increase or grow the company - "toward achieving its mission. I want to be part of this company because I believe I can be part of that growth." Once again, she shows that she did her research; she knows what the company wants to do in the future. She's looked at the newspaper, she's looked at the company's website, and she says I want to be part of that increasing growth - I want to be part of the company's new projects.

She then talks a little bit about her own experience, and the reason you want to talk about your experience is you want to show the interviewer that your experience matches or is a good fit for what the company needs. She says, "In the past several years, I have led a number of innovative projects along the same lines as the current direction of this company." She says that she has led or been the leader of a number of innovative projects. Innovative, "innovative," is the same as new or unique or creative. American companies want people who can be creative, who can think of new things, and so she's saying that I have been part of these innovative or new creative projects along the same lines as the company's current direction - the way the company is moving. The expression along the same lines, "lines," as, means the same as similar to or related to. You may be talking to someone and you say, "Well, along these same lines, I want to mention something else," meaning this is related to the same topic.

In this interview answer, she's saying that her interests - her experience - are similar to the kinds of things the company will need in the future. She continues by saying that she was able to help her "current company get a foothold in the market." A foothold, "foothold," (all one word) is the same as a good position - a place where you enter - a place where you start. She is talking about her accomplishments here; she's talking about the things she has done at her current company, and one of those things was to get a foothold for the company in the larger market - in the larger field.

She ends her answer by saying that she's confident she can bring her "proven skills in management, development, and technology to succeed in your organization." So, she summarizes what her main qualifications are and emphasizes that they are a good match for this company.

Now let's listen to the answer, this time at a normal speed.

[Start of sample answer]

This company is an industry leader and is at the forefront of exciting new developments in this field. Its mission to change the way consumers get and send information is, I believe, where the biggest areas of growth are in the industry. Based on the company’s financials and its general performance in the past year, Lotadoe is poised to take over as one of the top suppliers of online service in the world. I have read about the company’s many future projects that
are designed to move the company forward toward achieving its mission. I want to be part of this company because I believe I can be part of that growth.

In the past several years, I have led a number of innovative projects along the same lines as the current direction of this company. By doing this, I was able to
help my current company get a foothold in the market. I’m confident that I can bring my proven skills in management, development, and technology to succeed in your organization.

[End of sample answer]

Let's listen now to another answer for the question: "Why do you want to work here?"

[Start of sample answer]

There are several reasons why I want to work for this company. First, I was impressed with the backgrounds of the founders and their vision for this company. Their innovative thinking is, I believe, in line with the best thinking in the field right now. Your company also has one of the best reputations in the industry for innovative thinking and taking serious corporate responsibility for making a difference in the local communities.

As I learned more about the company and its growth potential, it became clear to me that I may be able to make a significant contribution to its goals. Since I have been working for the past five years as a successful marketing strategist, I believe I can bring those skills and the knowledge I’ve gained to help the organization reach its mission to become an industry leader.

I am now looking for a new challenge where I can take my proven skills and apply them to new situations, as well as learning new techniques to continue my
own development. This is the company I've been looking for, a place where my background, experience, and skills can be put to use to make things happen.

[End of sample answer]

In our second sample answer, we see many of the same ideas as in the first sample answer following the tips that we began this episode with.

The person begins the answer to the question by saying that "There are several reasons why I want to work for this company." He says, "First, I was impressed with the backgrounds of the founders." To be impressed means to have a favorable or positive impression or positive opinion of someone. When you say, "I'm impressed," usually it means that you are even a little surprised. In general, it means that you have a very positive opinion. Once again, it's important to tell the interviewer that you have a very positive opinion - a very good impression - of their company.

He says he was "impressed with the backgrounds," or the experience, "of the founders" of the company. The founders, "founders," or founder (singular), is the person or are the persons that start an organization - that start the company. So, Bill Gates was the founder of Microsoft; he was the one who began the company - who started the company, or at least, one of those.

He goes on to say that he's impressed with the vision of the founders for this company. Vision, "vision," is your idea or your picture of what the future will be. It's similar to mission; it's usually related to your purpose - why you are doing something - what you see the future to be, and he's saying he's impressed with the founder's vision. So, he's done some research - he's looked at the company. He's seen what the company is doing and where they are going.

He continues to say positive things about the company. He says, "Their innovative thinking is in line with the best thinking in the field right now." Their innovative or creative or new thinking - their new ideas - are in line with the best thinking in the field or the industry right now. The expression in line, "line," with is similar to along the same lines as. It means related to, similar to, compared to, so the two things are in line means they are a good match in some ways.

He also says that the company "has one of the best reputations in the industry for innovative thinking." Your reputation, "reputation," is what people think of you. So, when he says the company has a good reputation, he's saying that people outside of the company think the company is a good company, they have a good impression or a good opinion of the company.

He also says that company takes seriously its "corporate responsibility for making a difference in local communities." Many US companies try to do positive
things for the area - the city or town where they live - and this is part of a general idea that we would call corporate responsibility. Corporate refers to the company. So, the company is taking a responsibility for doing something good for the local community - the place where the company is located - where they
have their offices.

He continues his answer by saying that "As I learned more about the company and its growth potential, it became clear," or obvious, "to me that I may be able to make a significant contribution" - I may be able to give the company something because of my experience. The expression growth potential is related to our previous discussion of this word, growth. Potential means the ability to or the possibility that something will happen, so growth potential is the opportunity or ability or possibility that the company will become bigger. He's saying as I learned about how the company might become bigger, I thought I would be a good person to help that company. He says I could "make a significant contribution to its goals," or objectives.

He then explains a little bit more about his experience and why his experience is a good match the company. That he says, "Since I have been working for the past five years as a successful market strategist," notice he says successful - he gives a positive evaluation of his own skills, "I believe I can bring those skills and knowledge I’ve gained to help the organization," or this company, "reach its mission to become an industry leader." Once again, you see that word mission - purpose. An industry leader is someone or some company who is in the leading position - one of the best companies.

"I am now looking for a new challenge," he says, "where I can take my proven skills and apply them to new situations." Notice the use of the word proven, it means that he has evidence - he has shown himself in the past to be successful in these areas. So, "my proven skills" - I have shown myself - I have
demonstrated that I am good.

He also wants to learn new techniques to continue his own development. Once again, say he wants to become a better employee - a better person in this industry. He says this company is what "I've been looking for, a place where my background, experience, and skills can be put to use to make things happen." The expression to put something to use means to use something - to be able to use something for a specific purpose. What he's saying here is that I have this experience and I want to be able to use it in a specific place like this company because I think I can make things happen. To make things happen means to do things - to accomplish things - to get results. And, this is something that a company, of course, wants from its workers - from its employees, to be able to actually do things - accomplish things - get results.

Now let's listen to this second sample answer at a native rate of speech.

[Start of sample answer]

There are several reasons why I want to work for this company. First, I was impressed with the backgrounds of the founders and their vision for this company. Their innovative thinking is, I believe, in line with the best thinking in the field right now. Your company also has one of the best reputations in the industry for innovative thinking and taking serious corporate responsibility for making a difference in the local communities.

As I learned more about the company and its growth potential, it became clear to me that I may be able to make a significant contribution to its goals. Since I have been working for the past five years as a successful marketing strategist, I believe I can bring those skills and the knowledge I’ve gained to help the organization reach its mission to become an industry leader.

I am now looking for a new challenge where I can take my proven skills and apply them to new situations, as well as learning new techniques to continue my own development. This is the company I've been looking for, a place where my background, experience, and skills can be put to use to make things happen.

[End of sample answer]

That concludes episode three of "Interview Questions Answered."

This course has been a production of the Center for Educational Development, in beautiful Los Angeles, California. Visit our website at eslpod.com.

This course was produced by Dr. Jeff McQuillan and Dr. Lucy Tse. Copyright 2006.