Why Work at this Fine Institution of Learning

“Why do you want to work at Starshine University?” You will face this question at least once during your interview process for college employment, and how you answer it is key. Leave aside the obvious— because you want a job and they have one available— and focus on why you want this particular job with this particular organization.

Below are three responses to this question from three different candidates for university positions.

“I don't know for sure if I am interested in the job. I want to learn more about it, see if it’s a fit for what I have to offer, and learn more about what the university can offer me.”

“I've got 20 years of experience in widgetting. I've spent the last 5 years honing my skills in equalizing widgets; I've written three books about widgets, and I am a renowned expert in the field of micro-widgets. I know you don’t have anyone with my expertise in this area, and I know I can fill this gap. When do I start?

“Who wouldn't? This is a tier 1 school that just sizzles with the excitement of growth and exploration. In my particular area, new media, you are a known leader. You were the first school to have a nitter account, you were the first school to develop a technoid app. Throughout my career I've always been on the cutting edge of new technology, and I want to be part of an organization that understands the importance of being on the forefront in this area. I’d love to work with you to implement the next big thing.”

Now, who do you want to see working in your organization? Remember, when you are interviewing for a job, it really is all about the university and showing how YOU fit in with THEM.


Dindy Robinson is Director of Compensation at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.

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