Though many of the typical interview questions may seem different, put in different words, they may have the same connotation.
When answering the question “why do you look for in this job?”, you want your answers to be relevant to the position you are seeking.
You will naturally find yourself coming back to the job description and its key features and core requirements in one way or another.
Therefore, orient your answers towards the opportunities this job (and this company) could offer you. Communicate your desires in the best way you can.
Answering the question: What are you looking for in your next job?
Having said that, there are a few general subject matters you can always mention in your response:
- Love of new challenges
- Strong (but reasonable) desire for career enhancement/development.
Let us discuss some points:
1. Communicate your interests and goals
Be genuine and honest – Connect your actual personal preferences to the context of the company. Demonstrate your interest in the job features.
For example – You do not just want career growth but a career growth in the emerging green technologies, etc.
2. Communicate your motivational level
If you add a few professional details, the interviewer will be pleased to note that you have done some research. They will feel that you are motivated and interested in the job.
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4. Work environment – Likes and dislikes
Depending on the nature of the position in question and the company culture, you may decide to be more detailed speaking (tactfully) about your ideal job conditions and work environment.
Aspects to bring up as part of what you want can be things like:
- Teamwork, team lead, managerial position (delegating work – organizational duties), solitary work
- Exciting work vs. routine work
- Salary, benefits, traveling, turnover rates (for salesperson)
- Work hours (flexible vs fixed hours)
- Less formality
- General working conditions
- More openness between “boss” and employees etc…
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How Would you Describe your Ideal Job and Ideal Work Environment.
If you know what you don’t want in a job or why you left your previous job, you can incorporate it into what you want in a new job.
For example: If the professional or interpersonal atmosphere was what made you want to leave your previous job, by all means say that you are looking for a good, productive work environment.
An Example of a good answer might be:
“I understand that your goal is to be the first company in the country to develop transgenic algae as fuel source. I am very interested in emerging green energy and would like to contribute my skills in this area as a project developer and a manager. I think it could place our country on the global economic map and provide many unemployed people with jobs. I have relevant experience in…”