Summary of “How to Answer ‘Why Are You Interested in This Position?'”

Sit down for any job interview and one of the first questions you’re likely to be asked is, “Why are you interested in this position?”.
Sometimes someone says something that makes me think, “Huh. Do they fully understand what this job is?” When that happens, it’s usually because the person has talked about how excited they are to do X, when X is only a tiny portion of the job, or not likely to be part of it at all.
If your interviewer asks why you’re interested in the job, it’s important that you actually sound interested.
If the thing that interests you most about the job is the company you’d be working for figure out a different answer.
Typically, a good answer to “Why does this job interest you?” will not only explain what appeals to you about the job, but also explain how it fits in with your career path.
While you do want to explain how the job fits with your overall career path, you don’t want to sound as if it’s just a stepping stone on your way to something else.
Sometimes this question can feel hard to answer because the reality is that you’re really not very interested in the job, but you need a paycheck.
If you want to increase your chances of being hired, you need to at least act interested in the job.

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