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Begin an interview with this one question

Posted on May 20th, 2013 Read time: 1 minutes

Talented job candidates are ready for any question a recruiter throws at them. From how they handled a difficult situation to the dreaded "tell me about yourself," interviewees who prepare for the meeting are often in top form when it comes to providing information about themselves. HR administrations in the process of recruiting new hires should think about starting the interview with this question: "Why do you want to work here?"

Many candidates research the company beforehand but applicants who truly understand and are knowledgeable about the industry will be able to answer this question immediately. Recruiters should allow the interviewee enough time to respond, as many candidates may be surprised by the query.

According to CareerBuilder, it is this open ended question that can set the tone for the rest of the meeting and many interviewers find most effective. Recruiters can vary the question up; CareerBuilder suggests interviewers say "What circumstances bring you here today?"

Any way you phrase the question, it will offer a wealth of information about the candidate's character traits. It could reveal that the applicant may not be the best fit for the company, or that the recruiter has found the strongest talent for the position. 

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