How to Answer the Job Interview Question "Why Should We Hire You?"
"Why should we hire you?" is often the last question on a phone screen or a face-to-face job interview. Every job candidate should be prepared with a strong answer to this commonly asked question. Your primary goal here is to restate the skills you possess that are most relevant to the position and market and summarize yourself and your other qualities that make you the perfect person for the job. Always prepare a solid answer ahead of time, rather than "winging" it in the moment.
In general, you should always prepare for a job interview by having a list of possible questions that you know you'll probably get, along with strategies for how to answer these questions effectively. You will then be able to answer clearly, concisely, and with more importantly with confidence, because you won't be caught off guard.
When it comes time to answer "why should we hire you?", be sure you target these areas:
- What are the company goals for this position? You should have determined this during your research phase into the company and into the position. Always go into a local unit if possible and talk to others who work for the company. This will arm you with more insight into their operations and goals and you can then incorporate it into your answer.
- Now that you know you have the skills needed for the job, you can determine how your skills and experience fit this position and support those goals.
- Don't be afraid to market your abilities and shared values. What are the company's operational goals and how do they target them? Take a look at their mission statement and corporate practices. Then intertwine your answers in line with your own values and goals.
- You should be overwhelmingly excited about why you want this position and how you can contribute to the bottom line if given the opportunity. Three-quarters of the people interviewing will not have any energy so you want to be in the top quartile for success. You want the interviewer to remember your enthusiasm and know you have the drive. You have the "it" factor they are looking for in the first place! Make perfectly clear you have excited the interviewer, but don't come off overly-excitable. This can seem like a difficult balance to achieve but can be accomplished with practice and preparation.
You need to be very comfortable in assessing and marketing the skills you possess. It is important to be creative and flexible within the interview and based on the given situation you should be able to incorporate the core aspects of your skillset. Overall, you should be at ease during the interview because you prepared. By emphasizing your attributes and marketing your abilities in your answers you will put yourself at the top of the candidate pile!