How to Answer that Question – Why Should We Hire You?
Preparing for another job interview? Well, one of the most common and straightforward job interviewing questions is “Why Should We Hire You?”
Don’t get paralyzed when one of your potential bosses ask this among the other interview questions and answers.
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Remember, you have already given them an answer in your initial application, it’s just time to be a little more specific. They have the skills pointed out in your resume, you have told them about your experiences, and they know why you are (or not) a good fit. But are you confident, that you yourself, are fit for this job?
If yes, you need to sell yourself now. From the employers’ perspective, good interview questions are the ones which can lead them to a quick hire. They want to know why should they prefer you over the hundreds of other candidates.
The questions like “Why do you want to work here?” and “Tell me about yourself” are an invitation to sell yourself and cater to their needs.
So, in a minute or two (but not more than that) tell them you know the work and do the job successfully, and also that you can deliver results. Prepare yourself, do some research and understand what they do. Visit their website, their social media profiles and explore what Google has in its bag. It’s always best to go to an interview armed with information and knowledge, about the company you could potentially work for.
Keep in mind the job description. They need you, and you should offer them a solution. Tell them how you can solve this ‘problem.’ Keep to the job spec, and don’t stray off on tangents.
How to answer the question
While you are on it, review the job description. Make a list of what the job requires, the skills and the qualifications, and enlist the qualities you have. Once listed, see which qualities seem fit for this job and you have your answer. Take the top attributes which make you a better hire and give them a concise summary. Convince them that:
• You can do the work and deliver the desired results.
• You have the skills and qualifications that make you better than the crowd.
• You know the company and can fit well in the team.
The interviewer isn’t looking forward to a story-telling here, and thus there isn’t a script to memorise. Focus on why you are unique and tell them about a certain skill you have experience in. Create a bullet list of the skills and select specific qualities to emphasise in the sales pitch.
Since you don’t want to look like a robot, once you have your strong points, practice. There shouldn’t be any script and no copy-paste answers. Concentrate on the bullets and describe them. With repeated practice, you would be comfortable talking and won’t look nervous when the situation comes.
You want to be profitable for them. So, pay attention to what the interviewers say. Throughout the interview, they hint at what they want. Look out for the skills and qualities he/she is interested in and use the opportunity to let them know you’re the best suited. Give them examples from previous projects to solidify your claim. If you say you are a team player, let your portfolio too, say so.
Show them your enthusiasm for this job and the confidence of solving their problem. Most of the times, an interviewer isn’t in search of experience but the right attitude. If you believe you have the qualifications the interviewer will see it as well. A confident person who is eager to learn and develop himself for the company can be a better choice at times.
The baseline is they are hiring you for their benefits and not yours.
What not to do
• Do not expand. Give yourself time to practice the highlights you created. Forking to other skills will ruin your chances. Stick to the list and don’t blurt out anything negative. A hint of negativity is enough to shatter the ‘confident’ image you are trying to create.
• Include appreciations you received in previous projects. You shouldn’t risk being general. Tell them how you stood out in that similar project.
• And the most important is not to go into details. Remember, the interviewer has all your details in his/her hand. Be right at the point and tell why you are the best (for this job opening). Practice!
Take this opportunity to show off and brag a bit. A tint of fake confidence isn’t bad but taking it too far is. There’s a fine line after which it becomes arrogance.
Also, as earlier said, focus on the company that would be hiring you, and weigh up your key skills and benefits. The interviewers know you need a job, you are in need of money, and have a keen interest in this field. They have heard this from dozens of other candidates before, therefore, repeating these reasons may help to get you a place in their ‘not approved’ list. You need to sell yourself, and not state the obvious.
P.S. A bit of humour won’t hurt.