Everything in life happen for a reason–even though we sometimes do not know the real reasons :). The same is true about the job market. People apply for jobs, and companies choose them, but sometimes nobody can tell why they chose candidate A, and not candidate B for example. This is true especially when we speak about basic jobs, positions that do not require any special education or years of experience. Nowadays times are tough, and in many places of the world you can have dozens of applications for the most simple manual jobs. So how do the hiring managers choose the winner, the one who gets the job? Sometimes personal preferences play a role, and sometimes the motivation decides. Or the combination of both…

Anyway, motivation always matters, and that’s why you will, sooner or later, especially with basic manual jobs, face the questions about your motives: Why are you interested in this job? But what do they want to hear from you? And can you come up with some original answer? And does it really matter at the end? Well, let me answers all these questions, and more.

First of all, it is not necessary to come up with an original answer. What matters most for the hiring managers is that they can feel some enthusiasm in your voice, and that your answer is at least somewhat authentic. Let me give you an example to understand this better: Applying for a job of a kitchen hand or for a job of a janitor, you would hardly get hired by claiming that “you’ve always dreamed about having the job of a kitchen aide (or janitor)”. These simply aren’t jobs we dream about having. However, saying that at this stage of your professional career, and with the skills you have and things you enjoy doing, kitchen hand (or janitor) seems like a decent job to have, and you’d love to give it a try, sounds much more authentic and believable.

Let’s have a look at 7 sample answers to this common interview question. Remember that your enthusiasm is the most important thing, and you do not have to reinvent the wheel with your answer. I tried to include on my selection answers for various jobs and situations of life, but as you can imagine the list would have to be much longer to cover just about every possibility. Anyway, I believe at least one of the answers will resonate with you, with your present life situation, and help you to come up with the right words when it matters the most. Enjoy!


7 sample answers to “Why are you interested in this job?” interview question

  1. I am interested in this job because first of all I like your restaurant. The way it is organized, the vibe of the place, the location. People working here also seem to be nice. And secondly, I believe to be a good waiters, and to have all necessary skills to do this job well. That’s why waitress, and that’s why your place. I hope you will give me a chance to prove my words in the job.
  2. It just fits perfectly my schedule at school, and also my preferences when it comes to part time jobs. I’ve always liked the role of a security guard, and since I am responsible and have great observation skills, I felt this could be a good match to my personality and skills. And I also like the job description.
  3. The answer is simple: experience. I’ve been in the field of sales long enough, and perhaps am too old now to learn something new, or at least to learn to do it well. Of course, in sales you always have a high employee fluctuation, and sometimes employers also go out of business. But I have to confess that I am pretty impressed with your product, online presence, and also with the offer you have for your traveling salesmen. That’s why I am interested in this job, and cannot wait to start. Honestly I haven’t been that enthusiastic about some job for several years.
  4. To be really honest with you, I am interested in this job simply because it is a job I can realistically get, at this stage of my professional career. We have to be honest to ourselves, and being in my sixties and with just few years left to retire, I would simply waste time applying for jobs dozens are interested in. But just like everyone else I have bills to pay, and I also need this feeling of being useful, of actually contributing somehow to the society, or at least to a local community, and working as a garbage collector is an important job–making sure that the neighborhood is clean and that the garbage ends where it is supposed to end. At least that’s the way I see it and thank you for inviting me for this interview.
  5. I got a recommendation from my friend, Marie, who works here as a nurse. She told me good things about this place, how the hospital is managed, how things are organized, the camaraderie among the colleagues. In my experience this is not common, and it attracted me to your job opening immediately. Needless to say, it would be great to work at the same place with Marie, so we can perhaps commute to work together and so on, as long as our shifts allow us to do so.
  6. To be 100% honest with you, it is the pay you offer. You offer more than any other construction site in town. And while I know the work won’t be easy here, the same is true for any other construction site. My philosophy is that if I have to work hard–and I like to work hard–I at least want to get paid well for my efforts. That’s why I am interested in this job in particular, instead of some similar job opening in the area.
  7. It is just a perfect match to my skills, education, and personality. I’ve studied economics and business management, and I particularly excelled in the subjects related to management and marketing. I have great communication skills and time management skills, and I feel like a fish in a water when spending time in a diverse and intellectually enticing environment. Based on your job description and things I’ve learned about your place so far, this job seems like a perfect match for me. And that’s why I really want to get it…

Ready to answer this one? I hope so! Do not forget to check also 7 sample answers to similar interview questions, to make sure you do it right on the big day:

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