How to prepare for the question “Why Should I Hire You?”

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When we talk about the personal interview, it is important to be prepared properly in advance to give an effective response to the questions that employers normally ask at job interviews. The thing is, we already know what they will ask. We already know that every job interview has its specific way to ask questions and their own rhythms & quirks, but there are some standard set of questions that hiring managers almost always lean on. By preparing yourself, you can feel more relaxed whenever those questions are fired at you.

Some questions are very common, employer or hiring manager will expect you to be able to answer them smoothly with confidence without hesitation. One of the most common questions arises is “WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU”. If an interviewer asks this question, the interviewer is giving you the opportunity to sell yourself. Think of yourself as the product. Why should the customer buy?

This might become an opportunity for you to express yourself as the perfect candidate and convince the employer that you would be their best choice. One bad thing is that it can be an intimidating task, and the pressure may get to you. But if you are already prepared to tackle this question, you will not be going to face any problem. You can confidently, concisely, and enthusiastically explain the unique value of yourself that, why you’ll be a great investment, and what makes you stand out from the other candidates.

Through this question, the interviewer wants to know that what you are particularly good at and how this would fit into the profile. Choose a few of your key strengths that perfectly fit this profile and give examples of how you have demonstrated them successfully in the past jobs. Your strengths could include the qualities of the capability to multi-task, the ability to learn quickly, ability to work under pressure, strong team player as well as your ability to work independently.

You should always answer with what you will do to improve the company. Because you are selling your skills and you need to use proven and effective sales/copywriting strategies to do that. The number one rule of copywriting is that you should always talk about benefits before features. In this situation, what you will do to make this company better. Your education, background, experience etc are just features that support your benefit to the company. Features may have gotten you in the door for the interview, but benefits will get you the job.

Follow the given steps to successfully answer the question “Why should I hire you?”

Always do homework before any Interview

While doing your pre-interview research, figure out which of your skills, experiences, and accomplishments would be most relevant to the job (or company), so you can know which ones to focus on when answering this question.

Be clear on the fact that, they are taking your interview, to SELECT you

Pay careful attention to the job posting and throughout the interview. Look for and listen closely to the skills and qualities the employer seems to value most, and, if it is true, use this opportunity to tell them that you have exactly what they are looking for. Select your few strong qualities on which you should focus.

Stand out from the crowd

Chances are, you are competing with dozens, maybe even hundreds of other candidates for this job. So you’ll want to stand out. One way to do this: offer a unique response to “Why should we hire you?” question. Say something about yourself that they won’t hear from every other candidate. That will make you more memorable.

Be bold but not conceited

This is your chance to show off and brag a bit. But you don’t want to take it too far. There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, so you’ll want to make sure you don’t cross it when answering this question. As you sell yourself, really think about whether you are going too far. One way to do this is practice your answer to this question with family or friends before the interview. Ask them for their honest feedback.

Exude confidence.

What you say when answering this question matters a lot but how you say it does matters, too. Be confident in yourself. If you truly believe your qualifications and skills, and that you really would be the right choice, the interviewer will believe as well.

Keep It Concise.

You need to answer in brief, no more than a minute or too long. Therefore, select one or two specific qualities from the list you created to emphasize in your “sales pitch.” Begin by explaining what you believe the employer is looking for, and how you fulfill that need.

Here are some examples to answer the question “Why should I hire you?” Use them as a springboard to construct your own!

  • “I think that my experience in the industry and my ability to work autonomously make me a good match for this profile.”
  • “I can prove myself to be a great asset to your company because I feel I possess the right qualities and skills required for this job.”
  • “I have the experience, and superior communication ability to be an asset to your company. If you hire me, it will be a great platform to showcase my skills. Whatever goals I set, I ensure to complete them within stipulated time”
  • “Your company provides many services that I have had experience with, in a variety of capacities. I believe that my familiarity with the industry would make me a good fit for this position.”

The best answer to the question “Why should we hire you?” will be yours alone.

Once you settle on the right words and right answer, you will rock your next job interview!

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