Is it just me, or does anyone who has ever been to a job interview think that the person doing the interviewing asks the stupidest questions imaginable. By far the dumbest thing that comes up in every job interview (in my experience) is the question, “Why do you want to work here?”
When this happens most of us will smile and mumble on about how much we respect the company/business/field/whatever and how much potential we see in the employer, and how we wish to contribute even a small part to the blah, blah, blah.
What most of us really want to say to the question, Why do you want to work here?, is much simpler: “Money. I want money. I want you to give me a paycheck on a regular basis so that I can afford to pay my bills, and feed myself, and otherwise survive in modern society. I couldn’t care less about this place, or its success, as long as it in no way impedes on my ability to earn a leaving, this entire industry can just be scrapping by for the next 50 years with no prospect for growth. What I want is to get paid, and I’ll do the job for it because I have to. Think of me as a sexless prostitute, if you will. But you know that already. You must know that! You spend all day, every day interviewing people who give you the exact same insincere, pre-prepared response they found while searching Google for ‘interviewing tips’ the night before. Heck, you were in the same place, for every job you’ve ever had in the past, so cut the crap and stop wasting my time with this nonsense. You have my freaking resume, you have my freaking credentials. You have all you need to know to make an informed opinion about whether or not I qualify for this job. If I do, great, give it to me and I’ll start earning my salary. If I don’t, thanks for your time and let me be on my way. And what is with this whole second and third interview shit? I said all I have to say in the first interview. My answers to your vague, overly simplistic questions will not change the second or third time. There are only so many ways we can say the same thing over and over again before we run out of words. Believe it or not, there actually is a limit to the amount of bullshit the English language can be spun into over the course of a 30 minute conversation. You’re smothering me, man, you’re smothering me! The main goal of any job is to earn money, otherwise we’re just slave labor. And I’d rather be a prostitute for the job market, than a slave. Got it? Good, now let’s talk benefits, shall we?”
I will pillage, conquer, and surrender a kingdom* to any person out there who is willing to say give this response to a really annoying job interview question.
All right then. /Rant over.
*Timeline to claim pillaged, conquered, and surrendered kingdom falls to the discretion of the pillaging, conquering, and surrendering party. Terms and conditions are amendable at said party’s whim and interest. No refunds or evidence of the existence or plausibility of a kingdom’s pillaging, conquering, surrendering will be issued prior to melodramatic outburst. All rights reserved.