Interview Workshop: What are you looking for in your next job?

Practice interviewing with fellow Nanodegree program students and alumni, and get tips from an expert career coach. NOTE: Before attending, read this to prepare:


It's a common but difficult interview question that cuts right to the point: What are you looking for in this job? Variations of this question can also include "What made you apply to this role?" or "What are 3 things that you look for in an ideal job?" In order to provide your best answer, it's essential to understand why recruiters and hiring managers ask this question, and how it relates to assessing a candidate's qualifications for the job.

Interviews are conversations, and practice helps you navigate any situation well. Come practice with fellow Nanodegree students and alumni, and get interviewing tips from Career Coach Brett Ellis.

Before attending the workshop, read the instructions on how to prepare here.


  • Presentation (10 min) - Career Coach Brett will share strategies to approach the question, interact with the interviewer, and make a clear connection between previous projects or work experiences and job duties.
  • Peer Practice in Breakout Sessions (35-40 min) - Break into groups of 4 or more and practice as interviewer and interviewee. The rest of the group can listen and share feedback from a third party perspective.
  • Feedback & Takeaways (5-10 min)

About the Presenter

Brett Ellis is a Career Coach and Public Speaker based in Atlanta, GA. His background is in K-12 Business Education and Higher Education. The focus of his past experiences has been on working with college students to help them persist through graduation and land jobs and internships.

Brett enjoys creating innovative learning experiences, such as transforming traditionally dry topics like resumes and cover letters into an engaging experience. His favorite part about career coaching is hearing from previous students and clients about where they ended up, whether that's in their dream job or achieving some other career goal that they had set for themselves.