Why do you want to work here? The question I always dreaded in an interview. Why do I want to work here specifically? It almost always resulted in a three step panic-filled thought process: 1. Um… because I need an internship to graduate…? 2. I actually don’t want to work here, but I’m desperate…? 3. I have no idea what to say, so “because this would just really be like.. a really great opportunity for me.” That sounded good, right?
Woof. No wonder I never landed any of those internships.
I was asked this question quite a few times when interviewing for various internships. Seems reasonable that a potential employer would want to know why you chose to apply for a job at their company. The problem was, I never knew. I didn’t know where I wanted to work, because I didn’t know who I was. *Insert cliché “go find yourself, wanderlust” quote* Everyone changes in college, right? I can’t pin point one day, or even one event, but I feel as though somehow I found out what is important to me, and what I what to do with my life.
I know what I value. I value working hard for a cause that I care about. I value friends who value me. I value my family, Pandora, honesty, respect, and compassion. Now, I seek companies whose values line up with mine. So I can honestly (that part is vital) say, “I want to work here because you do _______ . I think that’s amazing, and I want to be a part of it.” Personally, I think it is better to seek out a few companies you truly want to work for, rather than send dozens of resumes to dozens of companies, that you have no real interest in. I could be wrong, but you’re going to spend 40 hours a week (minimum) at that job. Don’t you want to like it? I do.
The tricky part is then convincing these dream employers to hire you. To be honest, graduation hasn’t really sunk in yet. I mean it’s still 155 days away….(But who’s counting right?) What has sunk in, is the fact that I really want one more internship before I graduate. So, I started to think about where I want to work and why. Since then, I have narrowed my search to three different companies I desperately want to intern with. I made business cards, tweaked my Linkedin profile, created a professional website, went to events to network with the right people, sent in my resume, followed up, everything I’m supposed to do. Still no internship. *Insert panic* Now what?
It’s a lot more difficult than I anticipated. It is easy to get discouraged, hence this blog post, but I won’t give up. I know that the job/internship market is competitive. I also know that a job is a job, and that I will most likely not land my dream job/internship as soon as I would like. Despite those things, I hope that I (along with my friends who are graduating in December and April) have the patience and perseverance to not give up until I do land my dream job/internship, because I think it will be worth the wait.