When you go into a room for a professional interview, you will be asked a number of questions about your past work history and your intent with the company. For instance, the hiring manager may ask you, “What are your interests and in what way does this job satisfy your interests” The best workers are genuinely attracted to and excited about their job, which is why the interviewer poses the question. He or she wants to see if the position truly aligns with your professional career and overall goals. As such, take the time to gather your thoughts before you launch into a response. Keep in mind what you read in the job description and draw attention to personal attributes the company is looking for.
Points to Emphasize
When you respond to this question, you should already have a good idea about why you are what the company needs. Thus, use this as an opportunity to show why you are the best candidate.
- Concentrate on skills that you’ve developed during your career.
- Mention natural abilities such as creative problem solving or interpersonal communication.
- Highlight the real reasons why you chose to apply to the job.
- Focus on the effectiveness and productivity you bring to the position.
Hiring managers are drawn to those who are confident and knowledgeable so try to display these qualities when you reply.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
There isn’t a wrong answer to this question, but there are a few details you should leave out of your response.
- Avoid addressing irrelevant experiences or skill sets.
- Do not talk about dissatisfaction with other industries or positions.
- Avoid painting your prospective position as short term or a stepping-stone.
- Do not speak about monetary compensation or office location.
Make an effort to be as positive and enthusiastic as possible with your answer.
He is an example of a good response to the question regarding your interests and how they align with the job:
I’ve always been interested in the financial field. As a child, I played with cash registers instead of video games. As I got older, the market place and global economics enthralled me all the way through my graduate program, internships and past jobs. Now, this position as a senior account manager will keep me in the field that I enjoy and am an expert in. Additionally, I expect to learn even more from the new challenges I will face while working for your company.
When you can, always include your experience level and other qualities that qualify you for the position.