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What are some good answers to the question, "Why do you want to work here?"?

Asked by eadinad (1278points) July 23rd, 2008

Assuming you’re a college aged kid applying for a part-time college-aged job (think movie theatre, restaurant, retail place, etc) what are you supposed to say when you get asked the question, “What makes you want to work here at Whatever Place?”

My first thought is always, “Because I need the money…” but somehow I don’t think that’s what they’re looking for.

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jlm11f's avatar

here’s my answer: “I think that working here will help me learn and grow in bla bla field and help me tone my customer service skills. I also think that I can further improve this bla bla store because of my bla blah skills and add to it’s success”

fill in the blah blah with whatever job you are looking into

marinelife's avatar

There is a way to walk the line and reply with some honesty, but be flattering too.

For example,

“Although this is just a summer job for me, I have been impressed with the caliber of the people who work here, and I would like to be part of your team.”

flyawayxxballoon's avatar

“I’d like to expand my horizons and experience something new. I want to be a well-rounded person in life.”

nikipedia's avatar

Tell them what makes their Boring Retail Job better than the Boring Retail Jobs you didn’t apply for. I think it’s legit to BS this one a little.

I once had a fellowship application instruct—word for word—“Please explain in 200 words or fewer why you are applying for this need-based fellowship.” Seriously.

jballou's avatar

It’s always going to depend on the actual place, but if it’s a BS job, they’re probably not expecting you to blow them away with a deeply philosophical answer. But since you’re in college, I would just tie it to your future. If it’s a clothing store, tell them you love their clothes and hope in the future to do something in fashion or clothing or their corporate offices or something like that. If it’s a movie theater tell them you love movies and want to make a movie yourself one day. Stick to whatever is actually true for you though. Don’t just bullshit the interviewer, cause they will definitely pick up on it and hold it against you.

scamp's avatar

@robmandu good one!!

ninjaxmarc's avatar

I want the discount and perks.

MacBean's avatar

I always say “Because I need the money.” This is probably a big part of why nobody hires me.

nina's avatar

Really look at the place you are applying to.
Find one or more remarkable things about it (history, future, staff, management)
Tie your findings to what you think your growth needs are.
Formulate your statement as follows:
“I truly admire xxx in your business. Working with xxx will serve a yyy goal for me”

Rules of thumb:
1. Invest some energy in the analysis
2. EVERYTHING and EVERYBODY has something remarkable about them, always!
3. EVERYBODY’s growth needs are unlimited.
4. Try to tie #2 and #3 together naturally
5. Try to be as sincere as possible

scamp's avatar

Great answer nina!

Knotmyday's avatar

“Because I feel that by working here, I can truly make a difference in the lives of our customer base.”

Try not to gag.

trailsillustrated's avatar

I always found that to be the most inane question and it always made me want to barf. how about cause IM A TEAM WORKER ehhh whatever…..

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