How To Answer The Job Interview Question; “Why should we hire you?
There’s a good chance that you’ve had this question thrown at your during an interview. This question is a blessing and a curse. If you’re being asked this question, there’s a good chance that it’s because you haven’t given the hiring manager a clear idea of why you are the best candidate for the job. But here’s the good news, with this handy guide, you’ll be able to hit this question out of the park every time!
What can I do to improve my chances of knocking this out of the park?
Well, just like many other things in life, one of the best things you can do is take the time to do some research on the company. Not only will this help you in the other stages of your interview, it’ll make you look like a super star. By going in with a good idea of how things are run, you’re setting yourself up for success. It will make you seem like a more serious candidate, which only helps your chances of landing the job.
If you don’t know where to start your research, there are a couple of go to places. The first place you should go is the company website. Do some digging on there. Pay attention to any calendar events they have, as it may make you aware of current events happening around the company. LinkedIn is also a huge research tool that you should use to your advantage! If all else fails try to do some Googling to find out more information.
While doing this research, make sure you decide what is important and what is not. Ultimately, telling your hiring manager useless facts about their company isn’t going to be very beneficial, right?
You are essentially looking for cues to make yourself look like the best candidate and common job interview questions and answers are your tools to convince the hiring manager that you are what he is looking for.
The sales pitch
Alright, so you’ve done your research, and you’re ready to start forming your answer.
Don’t worry, I’m going to break things down into a step by step guide. All you have to do is follow this, and you’ll be on your way to success in no time.
When constructing your answer, keep a few things in mind;
- When delivering your answer, you want to make sure that you highlight the fact that you’re a good fit for their company culture, you can deliver great results, and ultimately, hiring you will make them look good. If you keep these goals in mind, it’s hard to fall short.
- Decide what skills and experience is applicable. Ask yourself, what skills and experiences is this company looking for? Once you’re able to answer that, you should start by taking a survey of yourself. Think about your professional experience, your academic background, and the skills you’ve gained. Make sure to also think about applicable accomplishments or accolades you’ve received. By combing your unique and personal experiences, and matching that to what your hiring manager is looking for, you help establish a clear and concise message.
- It’s time to showcase you’re a problem solver. This is the time that you’re showing you hiring manager that you’re the best, and most qualified people for the job. One of the most valued characteristic in a candidate is their ability to problem solve. Have there been any notable events that you could talk about? Was there something you did that went above and beyond?
- Practice! Let’s be serious here, there’s only one way to consistently deliver on this question, and that’s by practicing your presentation. There are a couple of different ways to practice, including performing in front of a mirror, recording yourself for later, as well as doing a live practice with a friend or family member. Because doing a live practice is more like the real interview, I suggest you go with that one.
Congrats, you’re almost done!
Now that you have a mastered sales pitch, let’s talk about some important things to avoid doing.
You want to avoid answers like, “Because I work hard!” Yeah I’m sure you do. This is your time to showcase why you are a great candidate for this job. The best way to do that is by following the guide above to sell yourself. This is not the way you can do that.
Avoiding the question, or not giving one at all
Yes, some people actually do this! And yes, don’t just avoid the question. There are a lot of reasons to not do this, so just DON’T. There’s no excuse to not give an answer. You have a fantastic guide right above you!
Don’t stay too long on this topic
It can be tempting to talk for a long time when asked this question. Make sure you stay within a healthy time, and only include important points in your sales pitch. If you follow the step by step guide, you shouldn’t have any problems.
Still need a little extra help?
No problem! Here is a sample answer you can use. But keep in mind, this is rather very generic. You only want to use this as a baseline for your answer. Build off of these.
“From what I gather, it sounds like you need someone who will come in and be an assertive leader, someone who will take charge. It also sounds like you’re having a problem with your main database. Well, with over 12 years experience working with this database, and those like it, I’ve been able to save companies both time and money by effectively streamlining the user interface. I am an enthusiastic learner, and I’m ready to hit the ground running. I’m a well-rounded team player who always keeps a positive outlook. Not only do I thrive in stressful situations, as a natural leader, I try to motivate my team to get the job done. I’m confident that my past experiences have given me the skills and knowledge to excel in this position.”
The above sample is useful but it’s a bit too generic. You can also use this sample answer for why should we hire you question. The approach is basically to use a powerpoint presentation to prove that you possess all the required skills and experiences. The Powerpoint presentation basically contains your previous experiences and how you can replicate the success in your next employer.
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