“Why should we hire you?” is a common interview question that can take you down the wrong road unless you’ve done some thinking ahead of time.
During an interview, you are most likely going to be asked, “Why should we hire you?” This is the interviewer’s way of giving you the opportunity to sell yourself. Think of yourself as the product. Why should the customer buy?
Plan ahead and develop a sales statement. The more detail you give, the better your answer will be. This is not a time to talk about what you want. Rather, it is a time to summarize your accomplishments and relate what makes you unique when compared to other candidates. The bottom line of this question is, “What can you do for this company?”
Start by looking at the job description or posting. What is the employer stressing as requirements of the job? What will it take to get the job done? Make a list of those requirements and determine what you have to offer as a fit for those requirements. Think of two or three key qualities you have to offer that match what the employer is seeking. Don’t underestimate personal traits that make you unique; your energy, personality, working style and people skills are all very relevant to any job!
From the list of requirements, match what you have to offer and merge the two into a summary statement. This is your sales pitch. It should be no more than a couple of minutes long and should stress the traits that make you unique and a good match for the job.
What makes you unique? Remember, no two people are alike so take some time to think about what sets you apart from others.