Job Interview Question: Why Should We Hire You?

 

Job Interview Question: Why Should We Hire You?

Why should we hire you? I will be honest, I think this is one of the most loaded questions in an interview. It is a right up there with what's your greatest weakness? But it doesn't mean you don't have to answer it. If you practice and strategize, I promise you can have a great answer to this question that directly relates you to the position and puts you above every other candidate.
The question of why should we hire you is a slightly nuanced, different version of why are you interested in this position? They sound similar. They are different questions.
Answering the question, why should we hire you? Is your opportunity to give your unique value proposition to the company.Your unique value proposition. So basically, you want to show what makes you stand out from other candidates, what makes you uniquely qualified for the position? This means during your interview prep, you need to really research the company, the department, the position, go through and take notes. What are they looking for that you think most candidates won't have, that you have. I mean, it's a known fact that very rarely does anybody fit all the qualifications in a job description.And there are some that are probably a little more wish list item than others. So look for those. And if you have them, this is where we start and go.
So your answer to this question should hit on some of those key qualities they're looking for in a candidate.But you should also give that little extra like, hey, on top of these things, here's where I think I can go above and beyond all the other candidates. Now, you don't need to say all the other candidates, but think about the ways that you can go above and beyond and share that, and it should be based on your skills. Now, I know you might be sitting here going, but what if I don't have any unique skills? Like what if this is kind of the next step in my career?And I have the basic qualifications, but nothing that makes me unique. Well, this is when we need to share our passion. this is when you're going to say, I know you are looking for somebody who can do the job. And I think my answers on these questions have shown I can do the job, but I want you to know it's not that I can just do the job. I am passionate about this job and then tell them why.
people love to just go. And I'm really passionate about this job. Oh, wow I believe, no, your eyes should light up a little bit, you should be giving them clear facts of what makes you passionate. So if this is your dream company and they create a magazine, tell them how you have read that magazine every month since you were 12. Like, you've got to back it up with why you're passionate about the company or about the position.
Tell them how you love getting into project management and why you think it's good for you or whatever the thing is. But give an example and that's really key. Whether it is passion or unique qualities, qualifications you have from the past, you have to give examples. In either case, you can't just say like let's say it's something where you realize the company doesn't really have any social media and you've done social media for the last two years and your last position and you think that's something extra you could bring to this position on top of the qualifications and the job description, you're not just going to say,
oh, yeah, I think I'm unique, because on top of these things that you want, I could also run your social media.
No, you're going to say,
well, for the last two years, I ran the social media at my last company or at my current company. And in that time I increased our followers by blah, blah, blah, numbers and impressions by such and such percentages. And I'd be really happy to do that for this company as well on top of the things listed in that job description.
 So an example was given

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