When applying for a position at a government agency, you may encounter the following interview question: “Why do you want to work in the public sector?” OR “Why do you want to work at a government agency?” Check out my example answer to this interview question!
The reason why interviewers ask this question is to gauge if you are genuinely interested in working for the public good and not only for the paycheck, pension schemes, reputation or social status. They seek a candidate with intrinsic motivation to make an impact on individuals and communities.
√ Do focus on your ambition to make a difference in the community instead of the perks. The employer wants to hear a foundational reason why you choose this governmental job role.
X Don’t talk negatively about the private sector or your previous employer. They may get doubts about your past actions and behaviors, and are afraid that you’ll do the same at their agency.