Answering the Interview Question: Why Do You Want to Work at Our Company?

Prepare your reasons.

When companies are hiring, they aren’t just looking for the most skilled applicants. While skill is important, interviewers are also looking for culture fit. Folks that mesh with the rest of the employees and stay with the company long-term.

That’s the main reason interviews ask applicants why they want to work at the company. Your answer should combine a discussion of your skills with your personality and how you fit in with the company in general.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

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Poll Results: Which of These Behaviors Have You Witnessed from an Interviewer?

Here’s what you had to say.

There’s plenty of online information on what interviewees shouldn’t do. Don’t talk about your personal life, don’t dress badly, don’t be late, etc.

But there’s not much out there on behaviors interviewers shouldn’t indulge in. That’s why we asked our Job Journey readers for bad behaviors they’ve seen from interviewers.

“Showing up late” and “lack of preparation” led the pack with 17% and 16% of the vote, respectively. “Answering a phone call” and “Oversharing” followed next, with 14% and 10% of the vote.

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How Should You Dress for an Interview?

There is such a thing as too professional.

You get the call to interview and you’re excited to make a great impression. Once you’ve revamped your resume and done plenty of research, it’s time to choose an outfit.

That’s when you realize your interviewer never specified a dress code! Should you go in wearing a suit? Or maybe business casual would be a better fit. What about jeans and a nice t-shirt? So many options!

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Follow these tips and you’ll avoid any fashion faux pas.

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Job Spotlight: Materials Handler

Fulfill your career goals by assisting in fulfilling orders.

Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer that age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from pay and duties to why people do the jobs they do.

Materials Handler

In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re stocking our career knowledge banks with some information about material handler positions. Responsibilities include unloading product deliveries, packaging all finished goods, stocking each line with proper materials, cleaning the production floor, and loading and unloading trucks.

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Question of the Month: Is Your Current Profession Related to Your College Degree?

Some of us start college and know exactly what we want to do. Others take a few years to figure it out. However, regardless of what you end up majoring in, that choice might not have much of an effect on your career. Most folks end up in positions with little or no correlation to their major.

So, for our July question of the month, we want to know if you’re currently working in a profession related to your college degree. Let us know by voting in our poll.

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On the Job Podcast S3:E8 – More Than A Job: The Story of Jim Laurita

Check out the latest episode of Express Employment Professionals’ On the Job podcast!

How can a job become more than a job? Sometimes a job becomes an identity and a legacy through all the people your job touches. How you live on through the people you know and had an effect on. This is the story of an elephant trainer and activist, Jim Laurita, who died a few years ago. Jim was adored by the community and started an organization called “Hope for Elephants” to help rehab hurt elephants and educate the community. When he died mysteriously, the community was devastated. This story is told through Jim’s family, friends, and fellow trainers—an extraordinary person doing an extraordinary job, and the legacy he left behind.

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