Why should we hire you?
Why Interviewers Ask This Question
Every applicant invited for an interview is already considered to be qualified—otherwise, the company wouldn’t waste their time. The interviewer’s job is to find the best of the best among the candidates. This is done in order to find out who will have the most positive impact on the company. The last thing they want to do is damage the business’s reputation by hiring a bad candidate.
Your response to “Why should we hire you?” ought to push the interviewer over the edge in convincing him or her to choose you. So, in answering this question, you should show:
You have the necessary skills and experience to excel in this position
You will be a great addition to the team and can contribute immediately
You will make everyone’s life easier by delivering results
How to Answer the Question
This question is almost always asked at or near the end of the interview, so this is your last hurrah in order to get that job. This is why you should have a well-prepared, thought-out response beforehand to be able to answer this question with confidence and clarity.
The important thing to remember is to focus on at least four major strengths you possess that you think are the most valuable for the position. Keep these points mind as you discuss why you are the best candidate.
Your points could be a combination of any of the following:
A good answer will show how your education has trained you to acquire the necessary skills, which, together with your passion, have helped you to accomplish things that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible. With all of that, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would not hire you.
Editor’s Tip: The above answer is good enough if it comes near the beginning of the interview; however, if it comes towards the end then you need to do more.
Specifically, this is really a buying question and you are the salesperson. If you have listened carefully, asked good questions concerning the candidate they are looking for then you can tailor your response specifically to the job itself using the above points.
Explain how your experience and prior results will help them with their immediate and long-term needs. Be specific, use results and figures if possible. For example, “at ABC co. I worked on project XYZ where we implemented hot new software that saved the company 15%. I understand how to analyze projects and will apply those techniques on your upcoming project to gain the same efficiency and cost savings.