A career consultant shares tips on approaching a very common question that hiring managers throw at candidates.
Interviews are daunting, to say the least. One has to be the best version of oneself in these situations to get the job of their dreams. Though the employees need to be prepared for anything, there are particular questions that often make an appearance in the interview. One such question has been taken up by Hannah—who goes by @hannagetshired on TikTok—as the topic of one of her videos. In the video, she explains how that question can be dealt with in the interview. She gave tips on how individuals should react to the question, approach it and at the end, present it in front of the hiring manager.
The question which is the focus of the discussion in the video is, "Tell me why you're interested in this position?" The consultant immediately informs her viewers that though it is a simple question, it should not be handled with a casual approach. Thereafter she tells her audience, "I'm gonna teach you how to answer this question in a way that will blow the socks off your recruiter." Hannah then begins discussing the areas that the perfect answer to this question must cover.
In her opinion, the answer must "demonstrate an understanding of the role." To achieve this, it is essential that the candidate reads the job description clearly and knows the responsibilities associated with it. The next thing to focus on is the tone of the answer. She suggests individuals to "sound sincerely interested" while giving the answers. She understands that in most cases, the biggest reason "you want to work there is the paycheck," but still, people need to showcase interest. This is because it implies to the hiring manager that the candidate is in for the long haul and they would not need to invest again to hire another candidate.
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For her third suggestion, she warns the candidates against a common mistake people make in interviews. She asks people to showcase engrossment not only towards the company but also in the job they are interviewing for. She explains, "They're not going to hire you if they think you're going to come in and realize that you actually hate the job." They need to know that the candidate has regard for the work they are being hired for. This connects to the fourth suggestion put forward by the consultant, "Connect your answers to your career trajectory." She suggests people mention in their answers how the role is associated with their likes and how it would take them to the place they want to go in their career.
For her final tip, she advises interviewers to not under any circumstances, make their interviewer feel that the job is just a "stepping stone" for them. It is important that they know that the candidate is committed to the job and not looking for greener pastures elsewhere. She caps it off by giving an answer that covers all these areas. The consultant states, "I'm really excited about this marketing manager opportunity because I believe it offers the perfect balance of strategic thinking and hands-on execution, allowing me to contribute to what I understand to be really important of the business strategy and also leverage my past experience and acquisition marketing. I'd be really proud to work at a company like this one and I'm equally motivated by the growth and opportunity in this role and really the opportunity to make a tangible impact on the company's success."
The comment section of Hannah's video was brimming with interview grievances. @desa1210 shared her struggles with the job market, "I’ve applied to 493 jobs since November 2022 and only had 7 interviews, made it to the last round and still never got picked. I’m exhausted." @xanamiax wrote about her disappointment with interviews losing their authenticity, "I wish interviews weren’t so “corporate talk.” I just want to be myself in an interview without sounding like a robot."