Killer Interview Question: Why Are You Here?

Killer Interview Question: Why Are You Here?

This week’s KIQ is likely to come out in the final round of the interview process. It’s not uncommon for interviewers to ask candidates why they think they’re still in the running for the position.

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When confronted with this question, the interviewer is giving you a chance to seal the deal. They would have already spent a lot of time and effort trimming down the job applicants list so they’ll move to get the shortlisted candidates in one last time and strike them off the list one by one based on the responses in the final interview. The last person standing will get the job.

“The job is yours to lose,” according to Timothy Falcon Crack, professor of Finance at Otago University in New Zealand. “They want you, but either they have some minor doubts remaining about you or they just can’t choose between candidates.”

Crack noted that interviewers want you to go through the following four points:

  • Your skills
  • How well you’ll fit in the company
  • Willingness to put in effort
  • Likelihood that you’ll accept the job

Frame your answers based on what you learnt earlier in the interview process.

“They are now giving you one final chance. Don’t put a foot wrong!” Crack said.

How would you answer this interview question? Let us know in the comments.

[Via Business Insider Australia]


  • Well, first there was the big bang. Gases coalesced into matter, lots of stuff happened in between, single celled organisms, other stuff happened, dinosaurs, more things went down, civilisation rose and fell a few times…actually it’s kind of a long story. Are you sure you have time? How much detail do you want? Do you need the number of the bus that got me here? That’s a little later in the story, mind you, after we get to the development of the combustion engine. Unless you mean “why” existentially…that’s going to take a lot longer. When’s the next applicant arriving?

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