Why should we hire you?

No matter where you are interviewing, or for what position. Chances are that you will get asked the question, “Why should we hire you?” Of course, the answer, because I need money just won’t work here, no matter how true it is.

By asking this question, the interviewer is hoping that you’ll be able to convince them why you are the right candidate for this position. Basically, this is the perfect set up for you to sell yourself. Experts say that this single question gives you the opportunity to secure the job; that is of course if you go about the right way to answer the question.

However, it can be difficult to nail this question, as it is very easy to steer of course while answering it. What makes is so difficult to get right is the fact that the question is so open ended that you have no idea what you should be talking about. In order to know what you should be talking about, sadly, you’ll have to do some homework. Research the employer and the kind of employees they do hire. Try to find common points that you share with them. If you can find out what type of people they tend to hire, then you can sell yourself in the manner that would be most attractive to the buyer, i.e. the company.

Also, pay attention to the job description. Focus on what features of the job can you align with yourself. Highlight the tasks that you would excel at. Mention how your skills and experience are perfect for the job and why you would be great for this job.

Before walking into any interview, you should have at least three selling points on hand. These points should basically sell you to the interviewer. If you do, chances are that no matter what questions the interviewer asks, you can circle back to these three points to cement the idea of why you would be the best candidate for the job. So, they’ll just have to hire you.

Some points to sell yourself on: your skills, expertise, qualification, what makes you fit in with the company, personality traits that show why you’d get along with the other employees, your legendary team work, etc. Try to boost your answer with examples that show these qualities in action.

However, make sure that your sales pitch is not too long. You don’t want to seem like you are ranting on about yourself, otherwise it will just seem like you are boasting. Try to limit the answer to a minute or two, but yet highlighting your biggest selling points that will make you the most desired candidate.

An Example:

Well, as you can see from my resume I have 7 years of experience in this field. I feel like this will be a great fit for both of us, as I would get to work for a great company with great people, while the company will gain an excellent employee who is dedicated and hard working. The position asks for experience in handling XYZ, which I have and I am excited to apply my creativity to solving problems in that regard. There will be no problem here that I would not be exited to address as I love a challenge. 

Basically, your answer should address why do you want to work for this company, and you can do for this company.

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