Common Interview Question: What is Your Ideal Company?
Regardless of whether the company you’re applying for is your ideal company, your answer needs to be good. Be over prepared for this question so that you’re not rambling when put on the spot.
How to Answer
This is an example of why company research is important. Without it, you may list off something that you are looking for that is not available within the company. That would be embarrassing for you. Keep the focus of your answer on intangibles (corporation cares about its employees, etc.) but as always, try to refrain from clichés, since a cliché is a sign of a lame answer.
“I would like to find a workplace that values me for who I am. A company that won’t blame me for things a lot and notices how much of a hard worker I am.”
This is way too much about you, and makes it sound like you were treated unfairly at your last job.
“I’d like to work for a company that plans for its future. With the economy as it is, the best companies are going to be those that are constantly evolving to the new marketplace. I would also like to work for a company that recognizes achievements and provides ample growth opportunities within its corporate structure…”
You can expand, but here is a cliché free answer that focuses on the company, rather than on yourself. Put your company research into the answer as best you can, but try not to make it sound like you are quoting from their website.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Research the company.
- Don’t use clichés.
- Focus on the company.