Answer "Why Should We Hire You?"


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One of the dreaded questions a job interviewer is almost sure to ask is "Why should we hire you?"

What they really want to hear is how your experience, skills and attitude fit their particular needs. They'd also like you to show enthusiasm for, and some knowledge of, their company.

Here are some quick, helpful tips to get you started.

Mark Swartz -'s National Career Coach

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Answer "Why Should We Hire You?"

  1. 1. Employee & Job-Seeker Tip <br />ANSWERING<br />“WHY<br />SHOULD WEHIRE YOU?”<br />INTERVIEW Q<br /> Mark Swartz, <br /> Career Coach<br />
  2. 2. 1<br />.<br />THINK OF<br />HOW YOU WILL<br />SELL YOURSELF<br />
  3. 3. 1.1 THE WRONG TRACK<br /><ul><li>Don’t make the mistake of answering in general terms that are only about you
  4. 4. For example, avoid saying something like “You should hire me because I need and want a job” </li></li></ul><li>1.2 THE RIGHT TRACK<br /><ul><li>Focus your answer on being a problem solver who can quickly help the employer solve the issues this job will deal with
  5. 5. The goal is to come across as an employee who will fit in well, do the job right, and be really pleased to work for this specific employer</li></li></ul><li>2<br />.<br />DEVELOP YOUR<br />UNIQUE<br />SELLING PROPOSITION<br />
  6. 6. 2.1 UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF THE EMPLOYER<br /><ul><li> The bottom line of the question is, "What can you do for this company?"
  7. 7. Show in your answers that you have researched this employer thoroughly and can relate your skills and experience to their specific needs</li></li></ul><li>2.2 KNOW WHAT YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE<br /><ul><li>Start by looking at the job description. What is the employer stressing as requirements and duties of the job? Make a list of these
  8. 8. Next, do an inventory to determine what you offer as a fit for those requirements. Think of two or three key qualities you have that match
  9. 9. Don't underestimatepersonal traits that make you unique; your energy, personality type, working style and people skills are all very relevant to any job</li></li></ul><li>3<br />.<br />CONSTRUCT <br />YOUR ANSWER AS<br />A MINI SALES PITCH<br />
  10. 10. 3.1 MATCH UP YOUR BEST QUALITIES TO THE<br /> EMPLOYER’S NEEDS<br /><ul><li> From the list of requirements, match what you have to offer and merge the two into a summary statement
  11. 11. This is your sales pitch. It should be no more than a minute or two long, and should stress the traits that make you unique and a good match for the job</li></li></ul><li>3.2 DRAFT YOUR REPLY USING THIS SAMPLE <br /> AS A GUIDE<br /><ul><li>"From our conversations and my research, it sounds as if you're looking for someone to come in and take charge immediately. It also sounds like you are experiencing problems with some of your database systems. With my seven years of experience working with financial databases, I have saved companies thousands of dollars by streamlining systems. My high energy and quick learning style enable me to hit the ground and size up problems quickly. My colleagues would tell you I'm a team player who stays focused in stressful situations and can be counted on when the going gets tough. I have wanted to work with your company for years, and I'm confident I would be a great addition to your team."</li></li></ul><li>more on this topic:<br />Why Should We Hire You?<br />more career advice:<br /><br />join us on:<br />