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Friday, 28 December 2018

3 Perfect Ways To Answer The Question 'Why Should We Hire You?'

3 Perfect  Ways To Answer The Question 'Why Should We Hire You?'

At some point during your career you will almost certainly be asked the interview question "With so many talented candidates, why should we hire you?"

It is a ridiculous and insulting question, but we can't blame interviewers for asking it because the standard interview script is the only one they know.




The question "Why should we hire you?" is ridiculous because there is no earthly way you could possibly know why they should hire you over any other candidate. They know their business inside and out -- you don't!

Here are five ways to answer the question  "With so many talented candidates to choose from, why should we hire you?" without stooping to praise yourself, list your talents and virtues or beg for the job.

1. Interviewer: With so many talented candidates to choose from, why should I hire you?

You: That's a great question! You definitely have the advantage over me, since you know exactly what you're looking for and I'm just learning about your company.  It sounds like you need someone who is going to deal with issues A, B and C in their first six months on the job. Shall I tell you about how I handled those issues at my last job?


2. Interviewer: With so many talented candidates, why should we hire you?

You: I think that's the key question. Am I the right person to join your team, and is this the best job for me? We've talked about my management experience and my experiences developing software tools. We've talked about your growth plans for next year and the overlap between my background and the role you're trying to fill. What else can I tell you that we haven't touched on yet?


3. Interviewer: With so many talented candidates, why should we hire you?

You: What if I tell you what I heard about your needs -- so we can see if I'm in the ballpark?

Interviewer: That sounds good.

You: I heard that you need someone to revamp your customer service organization including recruiting, training, call center operations and your compensation plan. I heard you say that you want to review your vendor relationships to make sure they're still appropriate going forward. I heard you say that you want to double your call center capacity next year. What did I miss?

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