How Teens Should Answer "Why Do You Want to Work Here?"

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Are you prepared to explain why you want to work at a certain job? One typical question employers often ask applicants is: “Why do you want to work here?” They want to know that you understand the job requirements, the expectations and mission of the company, and that you have a genuine interest in the job. 

It can be hard to know what to say when you don't have much - or any - work experience. These tips and sample answers will help you give a strong response.

Tips for Answering Interview Questions for Teens

When you are new to preparing for a job interview, and do not have a lot of work experience, there are a few things to keep in mind. 

The first step is to do your research. Find out everything you can about the company and position you are applying for. The more familiar you are with the organization and the job requirements, the better prepared you will be to answer questions relating to your interests and abilities. Review the company's website, read reviews for insight into client interaction, and look up any unfamiliar skills or requirements in the posting to better prepare yourself.

Next, practice answering interview questions you are likely to be asked with a friend or family member, or even in front of a mirror. The more practice you get, the more relaxed you will be. Print out a list of common interview questions and jot down or brainstorm simple, concise responses on which you can build during your interview.

An interview can sometimes feel like an interrogation, so remember to take a second to take a deep breath and think about what you want to say. The interviewer is there to learn about you - not to trip you up. If you prepare and stay calm, responding to questions like "Why do you want to work here?" will seem effortless.

Connect Your Interests to the Job

When you are a teen job seeker looking for your first few jobs, try to connect your personal interests to the position so as to show why you are interested in that particular role. If you are applying for a job in a restaurant, mention your interest in cooking and preparing menus or hosting others.

Fashionistas applying for retail jobs can talk about their interest in accessories, a specific style or future goals to go to school to become a buyer or designer. Applying for a job as a camp counselor? Mention your experience babysitting, your affinity for the outdoors, and your love of helping children learn new things and gain independence.

What to Wear

Make sure you dress appropriately for your interview.  Clean, neat attire, light on the cologne and accessories, regardless of how lax or casual the dress code may be on the job. How you present yourself at your interview is important, as it will likely serve as the longest interaction and lasting impression between you and the employer.

Taking the interview seriously shows that you are mature enough to care about the impression you make. Here are more tips for teenagers looking for employment.

Review these sample answers for teenage job seekers for the interview question "Why are you interested in working for our company?" then personalize your answer to fit your circumstances and the job you're applying for.

Examples of the Best Answers

I am interested in working for your company because I am a frequent customer of your store. As a customer, I've gotten to know your company well and appreciate your products and the environment that you've created here. It's important for me to work someplace that I admire, and I know that I would be proud to work here.

I would love to work for your company because I have a passion for clothing and design and I plan to study fashion merchandising in college.

I try to keep myself up to date with the latest styles and trends. I feel working for you would enable me to put my passion to good use, and allow me to share it with your customers. I am also looking forward to the real world experience I would get from working in your shop.

The number one reason I am interested in working with your company is because your company works directly with children.

I love spending time with kids and I think they enjoy spending time with me. Working in your after school program would be rewarding and a lot of fun!

I am interested in working for your company because I have aspirations of owning my own business one day and would love to learn from a successful small business owner.

This mission of your organization is in line with many of my personal values, and I hope to be able to give the campers the confidence to follow their own interests and beliefs.  

More Teen Job Interview Questions

Review more job interview questions and answers for teens to be sure that you ace the interview.