When you hear this question the first thought that comes to your head might be ‘here we go again’ as you think to yourself that the employer is trying to find reasons not to hire you for the job.
But from the employer’s perspective they have invited you for an opportunity to speak to them so now is the time to reassure them that you are prepared to do the job for the long-term rather than see this job as a stepping stone to a job that suits your qualifications more closely.
So avoid getting frustrated and anxious and when you answer, prove to the interviewer that you won’t get bored after a few months, that you’re dedicated to the company and that you will not jump straight into a new job as soon as an opportunity to earn more money springs up.
A previous job seeker I spoke to had been confronted with this question over several interviews and was struggling to find an answer but in the end he secured a job by reassuring the interviewer of his commitment to the company, excitement about the job itself and the fact that he was at a point in his life where he was settled. His answer was along the lines of:
“Yes I am more qualified than the job demands but I’m at a point in my life where I have little or no financial ties for example I have paid off my mortgage. My current job requires me to commute for four hours each day and because this job is much closer I can get here within X hours so the time that I get back is invaluable”.
Remember that it is really important to emphasise the reasons that you want the job and stress how great the key aspects of the job are and how closely they meet your expectations and values this will punctuate your desire.
Now it’s time for you to begin to prepare for your interview but if you’re not sure what to do, you can contact me to talk more about your interview strategy