3 Tips to Answering the Question “Why Should We Hire You?”

Our complete guide to telling your interviewer exactly why they should be hiring you and not somebody else.

Ryan Morrisby Ryan MorrisGet The Job, Guides - 3 months ago

“Why should we hire you?”

Since this question only ever comes up in an interview, and an interview is ALL ABOUT telling someone the reasons that they should hire you, you might think the question is a bit superfluous.

You’d be exactly right.

In fact, it’s kind of a dumb question, when you really think about it.

But dumb or not, it’s still one of the more popular interview questions out there, and at some point or another you’re going to have to come up with an answer to it.

Fortunately, we here at Zippia have put together a guide to help you out. Check it out:


1. What Are They Really Asking?

When a potential employer asks you why they should hire you, the question can be a little tough to answer.

After all, they’re not just asking what’s so great about you personally — they’re asking what makes you better than everyone else they’re also looking to hire.

That’s not really a fair question to ask you for several reasons, but the biggest one is this:

You have no idea who these other people even are.

So why should you be expected to know what makes you better than they are?

Frankly, you shouldn’t be — and this is the kind of question that most serious job interviewers won’t even bother asking for this precise reason.

But if you’re unlucky and your hiring manager makes the mistake of asking you this question, you’re still expected to answer it.

So how do you construct an answer that makes you stand out in comparison to other candidates that you’ve never seen before?

2. How to Answer to Question “Why Should We Hire You?”

The trick, in a nutshell, is to find your unique angle.

Let’s say you have the exact same work experience, education, and background as another candidate — in that case, your answer to a question such as “why should we hire you?” might be all that differentiates you from the pack.

So what unique angle can you take on your own life and experience that might give you the edge you need in an interview?

Here are a few angles you can use to approach this question:

  • Make yourself the problem-solver. Sometimes they don’t just need another face to fit in with the team — they need someone they can bring up to speed quickly who can provide them with a new, unique take on recurring problems.
  • Make yourself the consistent deliverer. Consistency is an attractive quality in an employee, especially if other candidates’ records are a little shoddier than yours.
  • Make yourself the team player. This is especially good if the person interviewing you is someone who you’d be working closely with if you got the job, but showing you would be a genuine delight to work with can go a long way.
  • Make yourself the expert. Show the employer how much you already know about the company, and show how you can add value based on what you already understand of how the company works.

3. “Why Should We Hire You?” Example Answers

We know it’s not easy coming up with answers on your own.

So for those looking to get a little more serious about prepping for this question, here are some example answers that you can use to help form your own.

Example answers to the question “Why should we hire you?”:

  • The problem-solver. “I’m always interested in taking a crack at old problems to see if there aren’t more efficient ways of doing things. I like to help drive innovation wherever I work.”
  • The consistent deliverer. “My main focus is on providing consistent results from the very start in order to ensure I’m constantly adding value to the company.”
  • The team player. “The most important thing to me about working anywhere is that I fit into the existing team — there are a lot of different roles I enjoy working, and I’m comfortable wearing a lot of different hats.”
  • The expert. *Something so company-specific and irredeemably nerdy that any attempt to make a sample answer here would be an exercise in futility.*

Wrapping Up:

That’s all for this one! Just keep in mind:

What you’re striving for with your answer in this one is uniqueness.

You need to stand out, so the urge to do or say something memorable can be extremely strong.

But you want to be careful about exactly how it is you go about being memorable — don’t make a fool of yourself trying to be too silly or cute with your answer, or you might find yourself overcorrecting.

And if at all possible, try not to yell the words “I’M DIFFERENT” at the hiring manager, no matter how much you want to.

Best of luck! Here are some other links to help you on your way:
3 Tips for Deciding When (and How) to Quit Your Job
How to Answer the Interview Question “Where do You See Yourself in Five Years?”
3 Tips to Making a Lateral Career Move

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