How to Answer “Why Should We Hire You?”: 3 Big Tips

Our complete guide to answering the common interview question of why you think an employer should hire you in particular.

Ryan Morrisby Ryan MorrisGet The Job, Guides - 2 months ago

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.

Fortunately, your pals here at Zippia have put together a guide to help you do just that.


1. What Are They Really Asking?

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.

2. Preparing Your Answer to “Why Should We Hire You”

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?”:

  • Think about what really makes you different. Start with the basic qualities and qualifications that you have, and that you know that most other applicants will have — then start thinking about some of the big advantages you have outside of these qualifications.
  • Look up the company itself. What are their values? What kind of company culture do they have? And how can you position yourself as the kind of person who’s willing and able to fit themselves into this existing team?
  • While you might not want to prepare a literal script, it’s okay to have a few notecards. If your interview is over the phone, you’ll have some handy notes to glance through — and if it’s in person, even though you won’t really be able to look at the cards, the act of writing things down on them will make it much easier to remember those things later on.

3. What to Keep in Mind During Your Interview

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:

  • Be confident, but don’t be an ass. This is the question where you talk about what makes you valuable as an employee, and it’s hard to discuss your value without seeming at least a little confident in your appraisal. But at the same time, overconfidence can make you look conceited, and no one wants to hire someone like that. A happy medium is helpful.
  • Stick to your script, unless the hiring manager asks you specific questions. It’s okay to take little detours now and then in order to help them satisfy their curiosity about you. But if you find their questionging is moving into territory that might not paint you in the best light, it’s okay to (slyly) pivot back to your original script later on.

Wrapping Up:

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.

Best of luck! Here are some other links to help you on your way:

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