Whenever we hear this question in an interview, the only feeling comes to our mind “What a dumb question is this?”.

Actually, the “Why would you like to join our company?” question is important to hiring managers for many reasons. It might not be just about inflating their egos, either. Interviewer / Hiring managers may ask this question to help figure out how you would fit in with the company culture, or to understand your motivations in applying for the job and whether you’re likely to stay in the role for a while.

We’ll cover even more reasons in just a moment.

The bottom line is that because many candidates skip over preparing for this question out of frustration, you can use this question (and your answer) to give you an advantage and an edge over the competition.

The interviewer wants to know about the following points:

  • Learn about your career goals and how this position fits into your plan
  • Make sure that you are sincerely interested in the job and will be motivated to perform if hired
  • Find out what you know about the company, industry, position (and if you took the time to research)
  • Understand your priorities and preferences — which aspects of the company and/or job are appealing to you and why?

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