If the interviewer asks you about what you know about the job, you might wonder what this question is trying to discover about your qualifications.
The interviewer really wants to discover your prior interest in the position for which you are applying. Because many candidates apply to multiple jobs simultaneously, they might not have a strong interest and understanding of each job for which they apply. A manager will quickly find out if the candidate has done his or her research prior to the interview by asking this question.
Points to Emphasize
When you answer this question, you want to make sure to share you specific understanding about the job and briefly relate your specific skills to the jobs. By so doing, the manager will see your specific interest and how you are uniquely qualified for the job.
- Talk about your understanding of the responsibilities of the job.
- Emphasize how you are a qualified candidate for the job.
- Mention why you are specifically interested in the job.
- Explain how you initially discovered the job posting.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
If you do not prepare for this question, it can be easy to simply describe a vague understanding of the job. By so doing, the interviewer will feel that you are not really interested in the job.
- Do not start by describing your qualifications.
- Be careful not to focus on the things that you do not understand about the job.
- Avoid rambling or giving wordy answers.
- Do not only describe the job without relating your skills specifically to the position.
If you spend too much time either on talking about the job or about your qualifications, you can make the interviewer bored or feel as though you are not really answering the question.
An example of good answer to this question could go something like this:
While online, I researched this job and your department and found out that this job involves providing support for customers using the XYZ product. The job will involve providing phone support and traveling to their work sites to help troubleshoot any problems that the customers are having. I have 3 years of customer support experience and I love working with people. Additionally, I enjoy traveling and enjoy meeting new people.
When you provide a complete answer to this question, the interviewer will feel that you have genuine interest in the position and that you are well qualified for it. Your prior research will show that you are dedicated because you took time to study and learn.