When you go to an interview, you can expect to be asked many of the same questions: “what do you know about our company” or “what did you enjoy most about your last job” With this second question, it can be hard to know exactly what they are looking for in an answer.
With this question, the interviewer is looking to see if you’ll be a good fit with their company and current employees. They want to know what makes you tick and what you’re looking for in a future position.
Points to Emphasize
Answering one of the most popular interview questions out there can be easy if you’re prepared.
- Steer your answer towards some of the attributes that your prospective company shares with your previous position.
- Keep your response professional, rather than personal, about office politics, etc.
- Dig deep into why you loved what you loved at your prior position and answer accordingly.
- Wrap your response up at the end by spinning it into what you will love about your potential position with the interviewing company.
Be sure to always answer openly and honestly about what you admired about your previous company.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Don’t make the mistakes that many before you have made by avoiding these all-too-common pitfalls with this question:
- Don’t over-exaggerate your last job to make it seem like it was more than just something that you tolerated.
- Do not make your answer all about your previous company instead of about you and what you’re looking for in a new position.
- Try not to be too vague with your response, be detailed in what you liked.
- Don’t answer with something that isn’t relatable at all to the current job that you’re applying for.
As with all interview questions, don’t be timid in your responses. Keep your self-assuredness front and center to truly impress your interviewer.
Figuring out a way to answer this question is easy if you follow this sample response:
With my previous company, I greatly admired their support and desire for growth in their employees. I was privileged to be able to take advantage of their in-house training and their flexible scheduling allowed me to complete my undergraduate degree while working there. This same reason was one of the things that drew me most to you as you also offer continuing education benefits and show great love for your employees.
If you’re looking for an exceptional way to answer this question, tying in your admiration for your potential employer while also highlighting one of your strengths is the way to go.