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Interview Question “How Did You Hear About This Position?”

How Did You Hear About This Position?

In this article, I'll give you how to answer, “How did you hear about this position?” with sample answers, how to prepare the question, and more.

How did you hear about this position?


Employers like to ask interview questions like “How did you hear about the position?” and they look for some specific things in your answer!

If you're not ready to explain how you heard about the job, it can start your interview poorly and possibly cost you the job offer (first impressions of many, employers often ask this too early).

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Some other formulas


Some common formulas related to the question “How did you hear about this position?” in a job interview, which you can use this article to answer:

  • Where did you hear about the vacancy?
  • How did you hear about this job?
  • How Did You Come Across This Job Opportunity?

Why does the interviewer ask you this question?


They honestly want to know. They are curious. You see, employers post jobs in many different places, and if they find a candidate they (you) like, they're curious how you found them. 

For example, they might have posted their site on two job boards, and also created a YouTube video about their hiring needs. 

They want to know which of their efforts is the most effective, so they'll often start an initial phone interview by asking a question like, "How did you hear about this position?"


How to prepare for the answer


If the interviewer asks you “How did you hear about this position?” In fact, this is an ideal opportunity to stand out, show your passion and connect with the company.

For example, if you learned about the job through a friend or professional contact, drop that person, then share why you were so excited about it.

If you discover the company through an event or article, share it. Even if you find the list through a random storyboard, share what specifically caught your eye for the role.

Examples to answer the question


Some of the answers you can provide for specific situations include, here are some of the answers and remember we don't recommend a ready-made response:

I was actively searching for jobs and found them on your jobs website, and this is how I first saw their job.

I have a colleague or friend at the company who suggested me to place an order.

I have a colleague or friend who is not working in the company at the moment, but I heard they were hiring and he suggested that I apply.

I read an article or other news source that got me interested in the company in general, so I decided to look for job openings with them.

I was contacted by a recruiter who put me in touch with the company or made me familiar with the company.

I saw an advertisement for a job vacancy (on LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.).

I have been familiar with the company through previous work (for example, if they were a competitor to you in a previous job).

I'm actively looking for a job right now, and I found your job posted on LinkedIn while searching for Senior Engineer jobs. I reviewed the job description on LinkedIn before applying and it seemed to be a good fit for the potential so I wanted to apply and learn more about the opportunity to see if it was a good fit.

I wasn't actively looking for a job change, but a colleague mentioned that she's seen you're hiring on your website, and she's heard good things about your work environment. I went to your website and did some reading on the jobs page and liked what I saw, so I decided to apply and learn more about this opportunity.

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