Our complete guide to answering the common interview question of why you think an employer should hire you in particular.
There are a lot of questions in a hiring manager’s repertoire when it comes to figuring out how qualified someone is for a particular.
But even so, “why should we hire you?” seems a little bit on the nose.
It almost seems like cheating — why should they hire you? Isn’t that something they’re supposed to figure out?
Given how much of an obvious trap this question is, it can sometimes be tough to actually sit down and come up with what feels like a good answer to it.
So when someone asks you why they should hire you, what are they really asking?
The truth is that they’ve probably already developed a lot of their opinion of their own value of you.
This is more of an end-of-interview question, after all. “Why should I hire you?” isn’t really the kind of thing that’s easy to lead with.
So if they’ve already determined your value, there’s only one real thing they could be trying to determine — how you value yourself, and what about yourself you specifically value.
Even if they’re pretty sure of what it is they like about you, it’s helpful for them to know that you feel the same way about those features.
What’s more, it’s important that they’re able to figure out — by seeing what you choose to bring up — whether or not they’ve inadvertently missed anything about you.
In short, this is your big chance to shine.
Before you even sit down for your interview, you’re going to want to take the time to prep your answer.
Interviews, in general, are not the best kind of things to walk into blindly. But it’s especially important that you learn early on how to start prepping your answers ahead of time.
You’ll still need to know how to improvise, but if you start from a script, it gets easier to take those detours — after all, you still have a pretty good idea of where you want things to end up.
To that end, here are some things to keep in mind while preparing your answer to “why should we hire you?”:
Once you take the time to prepare your answer, there’s still the small matter of — you know — actually going through with your interview.
It can be one thing to have a good idea ahead of time of what you want to say, but it can often be another matter entirely to later have to spout off your answers to some stranger while also making small talk and trying not to otherwise embarrass yourself.
That’s why it’s important to not only have a plan of what information you’ll be presenting, but to also have a plan of how exactly you’re going to present that information.
Here are some things to remember while actually answering the question “why should we hire you?” during your interview:
That’s all for this one! Just keep in mind:
Above all, you never want to lose sight of your ultimate goal — convincing a stranger that you’re the perfect fit for their company.
That means that one of the utmost important things you should be considering with everything you tell them is:
“Does this information make me look more or less like an ideal candidate to this interviewer?”
If you find your interviewer’s attention toward you flagging, remember to ask yourself this question. You might find it helps you realize that you’ve gone a little bit off the rails, and need to start course-correcting.
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