It is almost certain in a job interview that you'll be asked the question 'Why do you want to work for this company?'. And it's possible that you'll be asked a question about what makes you suitable for the position. When planning your answer for both, before the job interview you should think about what you'd want to hear if you were the interviewer. Always focus on the positive. For the first question, do your homework about the company and make a list of good things about it. For the second question, focus your answer on your experience that makes you suitable for the job and how easily it will be for you to adapt to the position. Also, state how your skills make you the perfect candidate. In this online exercise, we will look at business English vocabulary for answering both questions in a job interview.
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Read the following answers by a candidate in a job interview to two different questions from an interviewer on 'Why do you want to work for us?' and 'What makes you suitable for this position?'. Focus on the words/phrases in BOLD and think about their meaning.
'Why do you want to work for us?'
'Well, first of all, I have been impressed with everything I have read and heard, from both the interview and what colleagues and friends have told me. Your company has a very good reputation in the industry. Not only for its products, but also its working culture. From what I have heard here, it is a company that recognises and rewards talent. And I believe that in such an environment I will thrive. Your company is also a market leader in the industry. And with what you have told me about the planned expansion and diversification of the company, I feel that it provides people who have the right motivation and ambition, the opportunity to excel and progress.'
'So, what makes you suitable for this position?'
'I feel I possess all the requirements and experience for the position. First of all, I have worked for over 5 years in a similar position, where I have exceeded all my targets year after year. Also, I am fully up to speed with all the industry standards and work practices that you use here. So, if I was selected for the vacancy, I could hit the ground running. I am also very adaptive and can pick up things very quickly. As I showed when the company I am currently working for, was bought out 3 years ago.'
'On a personal level, I feel I have the determination or drive which is fundamental for a position like this. This has been demonstrated with the promotions I have achieved throughout my career. In addition, having worked in the same company for over 5 years, it shows that I am committed. I also have the soft skills which a manager needs to have with both the people who report to him and clients. For example, I am an excellent communicator, but I can also listen.'
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Below is a definition/description of each of the words/phrases in bold from the above text. Now choose the word/phrase from the question's selection box which you believe answers each question. Only use one word/phrase once. Click on the "Check Answers" button at the bottom of the quiz to check your answers.
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Now that you understand the 'why do you want to work for us' vocabulary, practice them by creating your own answers in English to these interview questions with the new words/phrases.