re: "Why do you want to work for us?" - Interview Question (Demystified) VIEW POST


I get it, and I'd like to think most qualified candidates (who have been taught to do so - an astonishing number don't even know to send a cover letter, or have given up on writing one because recruiters don't bother forwarding it) want to do proper pre-interview recon, but sometimes the work week (and personal life surrounding it) leading up to the interview is a blur and they just don't have the time to properly research your company. Quite frankly, sometimes they do, wait for weeks, and then forget by the time they actually get an interview. Again going back to (staffing agency) recruiters, sometimes it's hard to figure out what a company even does when a recruiter is playing gatekeeper, and you're lucky if you even get a useful job description.

With as long as I've been playing this game, I've gained (worked my @$$ off for) the luxury of being choosy. If I haven't honestly answered that question in my own mind beforehand, I don't bother applying (I also don't bother with gatekeeping recruiters who refuse any of the critical details I ask for). If that answer doesn't include seeing immense potential in not only personal growth, but product direction (market share and new verticals/spinoff products, which I'll even propose and possibly create on my own if you don't hire me), I don't bother applying.

Like it or not, though, a lot of devs don't have the luxury of being as choosy as I am. Sometimes the honest answer is "the job and the pay can't be worse than what I've got."


Brilliant Mike!! It's very sad, yet quiet true about the hiring process that exists today. I can both empathize with the pain and frustration you've gone through (having been there myself) and applaud you for that fact that it has made you much stronger through the process.
Thanks for your comment. I've met a few folks who are extremely driven and explain to me in an interview what the current product offerings lack and how they can contribute to make them better. Whether that actually happens, is a different thing altogether, but that sort of conviction is what more or less seals the deal in an interview!!


I think more than anything, I just got old and crotchety. Get off my lawn!!!

Kidding. But I did learn to value myself along the way. People talk about compromise like it's a good thing. It's not. It's literally trading a value for a lesser value (or non-value). If the relationship is right (whether business, friendship, romance, etc.), there shouldn't be any compromise - just mutually beneficial exchange, playing off each other's strengths, and improving rather than exploiting each other's weaknesses.

Ok, I'll stop philosophizing now.

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