Why Should I Hire You? How To Answer Interview Questions
Even more than most job interview questions, the "why should I hire you" interview question is a test.
By asking this question, the interviewer is usually trying to get you to provide a detailed explanation of your best skills, and how you plan to apply them to the position for the benefit of the company. They also want you to answer without hesitating or grasping for words, and they want your answer to make sense. In other words, you have to know exactly what you are going to say in advance.
To prepare for this question, think about what you have to offer in this position. What qualities do you have from your previous experience that will be useful in this position? Come up with a few things beforehand, and write them down. For example:
- Are you an accomplished salesperson?
- Are you experienced in handling upset customers?
- Are you a fast learner?
- Do you already know a lot about the products or services the company sells?
- Have you done anything related to the work before?
"This is a basic but important question," says Richard Alberg, a senior vice president at Kenexa, a Pennsylvania-based recruitment and retention company. "We are looking for evidence that the candidate has thought about the job, the company, the brand."
Thus, your answer should not only be based upon the skills you have to offer, but should also be based on research you have done on the company. Sincerity is extremely important, and is easily sensed. Relate your answer to the company's goals, as well as your own.
Example: I'm extremely skilled in the kitchen, and I have plans to go to culinary school to become a chef. Your line cook position will give me the opportunity to learn even more, and apply the things I learn in school to work. Plus, I hear you're opening a restaurant in Chicago, which is where I will be going to school.
If your answer shows that:
- You were prepared for the question
- Your experience and goals align with the company
- You did some research on the company
...then you will have one strong point towards being hired over someone else.
How to answer common interview questions: