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5 Best Answers to “Why Do You Want to Work Here?” [+ Why They Work]

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5 Best Answers to "Why Do You Want to Work Here?" "Why do you want to work here?" It's a question almost every job candidate can expect in the interview process, and for good reason: your answer will help the hiring manager decide if you're genuinely interested in the role, or if it's just another one on your list. While the question is relatively straightforward, it can be tricky to maneuver. Here, we'll cover strategies to handle the question and offer five example responses for you to reference. 1. Give a well-rounded answer. Saying the job looks interesting — or the company is great — isn't enough. In other words, if you can answer this question in four to five words, you probably need to go back to the drawing board. Remember, the interviewer is looking for a substantive answer that can help them gauge your interest and decipher if you're a good fit. 2. Do your homework. Arguably the most important step is researching the organization ahead of your interview. A good place to start is their website. Go beyond the home page to learn more about the company's mission, goals, and culture. Take note of what stands out to you. Social media can also offer a glimpse into an organization, its initiatives, and its culture. Go a step further and look up any recent press releases or articles about the company to be in the know on its latest developments. 3. Consider your own values. When...

Resume Tips to Get You The Job You Want, Straight from Recruiters

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Resume Tips to Get You The Job You Want, Straight from Recruiters I can't think of many tasks people dread more than writing a resume. There are so many little things you need to add, rephrase, check, double-check, triple-check. Post-pandemic, the job search is a whole different ball game, with new considerations you haven’t faced before. A checklist makes everything seem less daunting so that’s what much of this article will be, and the best part is it’s recruiter-approved. Let’s dive in. 1. Include your contact information. This seems like a given, right? Not exactly. "You would be surprised to know how many really good resumes I've come across with no contact information," says Ira Hughley, senior technical recruiter at HubSpot. Make sure your full name, email address, and location are included. Don't write out your full home address though, only a city and state. While your location may not be too relevant to the job itself, as more roles are remote than ever before, employers still want to know your general location for tax and law purposes. This also means that you should probably remove references that are too local, as your resume will likely reach a broader audience than before. Lastly, make sure your email address is professional. While the time of MSN and AIM usernames are long gone, many of us still use old addresses we created long before we were in the workforce. With this in mind, create a simple email with your...

How to Decline a Job Offer

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How to Decline a Job Offer Before you decline a job offer, ask yourself some key questions: Why are you no longer interested in the job? Are your reasons for losing interest short-term, or longer-term reasons that you can’t change? If you don’t accept the offer, will you regret turning it down? If you’ve answered all of these questions and still feel like you want to decline, read on to discover the different ways to decline a job offer. Know exactly what you need? Jump to one of the following sections: How to Decline a Job Offer Due to Salary How to Decline a Job Offer via Email How to Decline a Job Offer Over the Phone How to Decline a Job Offer You Already Accepted How to Politely Decline a Job Offer Politely declining a job offer focuses on three key things: being prompt, showing appreciation, and giving a brief reason. We’ll discuss each further below. 1. Be prompt. Let the hiring manager, recruiter, or relevant individual know as soon as you know you won’t accept a job offer. Putting it off can cause inconvenience, and they may have other candidates that they want to notify of their acceptance to fill the position as soon as possible. 2. Show your appreciation. It’s essential to show your appreciation to the hiring manager or team responsible for interviewing you and the time they’ve spent communicating with you throughout the...