Aug 12, 2018 - 05:09 AM
Responding to the "How did you hear about this position?" question in an interview can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. If you remember where you found the job listing, mention that first. Meanwhile, your answer is also a great opportunity to briefly discuss why you’re drawn to the company and the job, touch on your strongest qualifications, and convey your enthusiasm for the position.
While you’re at it, you should also steer clear of some common missteps. First, don’t give ambiguous, jejune, or single-word answers. Secondly, do not fabricate information to fill in gaps, even if you don’t recall where you saw the posting. If you heard about the opening from a current or previous employee, avoid lengthy explanations about your relationship with that person. Finally, don’t mention the individual at all if he or she isn’t on good terms or left the employer under bad circumstances.
These are just a few best practices, but you can review our other tips for responding to this question. Also, check out our job interview guide full of great prep advice.