Today, we will try to help you with another seemingly easy interview question: ‘Why should we hire you’?
In the previous blog we gave you some practical tips on how to answer the most common interview question: ‘Please tell us something about yourself’. We hope that you have found that information useful!
Although it may be perceived as an uncomplicated question, you need to thoroughly prepare your answer as it could be your last chance to sell yourself and finish the interview as a winner!
Below are some different ways your interviewer can ask you to make your case:
Why do interviewers ask this question?
- What value do you add?
- Why should we hire you?
- Why are you the best candidate for the job?
- Why are you the right fit for the position?
- What would you bring to the position?
- What are you bringing to the table that the other candidates aren’t?
- What is it about you that will enhance your team?
The current job market is extremely competitive and let’s be honest – the majority of people applying for certain jobs and those who make it to the interview stage are highly qualified professionals with many years of experience. The aim of an interview is simply to select the best candidate for the position therefore you need to help the hiring manager make their decision by convincing them that you are the best fit for the job.
How can you approach this question? – Recipe for Success in Five Steps
One of the best ways to answer this question is to make notes of all your strengths and the advantages to a company that you can offer and then to create one paragraph containing all positive aspects that you are bringing to the position. The points below may be of some help:
Take time before the interview to do research about the company and the job you are applying for to figure out exactly what is expected from a suitable candidate and what qualities they need.
- Industry experience and significant accomplishments
Provide evidence that you are bringing to this position valuable experience. Be selective here and talk about the tasks you carried out that are relevant to the position you are being interviewed for and what makes you stand out from the crowd. Prove that you can do the job and deliver exceptional results within tight deadlines (here you should list some achievements from your previous jobs as an evidence).
- a) Technical Skills
Mention briefly the skills that you learned and match the new job description, i.e.: computing, programming, languages, applications, etc.
b) Soft skills
Think of the personal attributes you need to succeed in the new workplace, e.i.: adaptable, highly organised, motivated, reliable, resilient, etc.).Prove you will be a great addition to any team and an incredible employee and asset to your manager (here you can use some adjectives we included in the PART 1 JOB INTERVIEW
e.i: flexible, enthusiastic, productive, excellent team player, etc.
- Put your notes together and practise!
Your answer should be short, interesting and to the point! Learn it by heart but remember to sound natural and confident!
- Close the deal and get your dream job
Easy? Yes, provided you think of your answer beforehand. Screening your career history and personality before the interview is a key. Remember to remain natural when answering this question, otherwise you will sound like someone reciting a poem and you are not going to make a good impression. Also, be brief and concise – choose your three or four bestselling points and don’t forget to appear confident and positive when talking to your potential future employer. Talking too much and too generally can be off putting.
Well, don’t forget that this question is the great opportunity to pitch yourself one last time and reinforce the idea that you are the perfect candidate for your dream job.
Don’t worry if you are a recent university graduate trying to get your first job in ,e.g. teaching. You can match up any relevant experience, soft skills or volunteering work to the experience the hiring manager is looking for, for example:
I’m an eager and fast learner and although I’m new to the world of teaching, I have relevant qualifications and hands on training. I noticed in your job posting that an important part of this position is interacting with students and building strong and positive relationships with them. During the summer, I was a volunteer in the local language camp where I spent an amazing time teaching English to international students through outdoor activities, games and interesting projects. During my time working as a volunteer, I realized just how much I enjoyed teaching and ensuring that my students were not only well taken care of, but that their experience was a positive one and that they learnt a lot. I’m excited by the prospect of bringing this same level of commitment and enthusiasm to this exciting opportunity. I think this position is a great fit for me and I believe my natural curiosity, love of learning and interest in people has helped draw me towards my chosen career.