How to Answer 'Why Should we Hire You?' in a Job Interview

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Commonly asked question, 'why should we hire you?' could make you fumble during an interview. If you've been in an interview or you are preparing for your first one, you may have come across this question. This question is generally asked directly or indirectly. Your answer to this question could help you crack or lose the deal. So, preparation before an interview is important considering the foresaid point. 

You don't want the interviewer to think you are neither over confident or timid for the job. A bit of preparation will help you answer this simple yet nerve wrecking question. So, let's take a look at the points to be considered while answering this question

Understanding requirements of the job  
It's important to understand the importance of the question. Because it all comes down to how can you benefit the company? 

Scan the description and list requirement of the job and your own skills and strengths. Analyze both of them to determine the matching skills of what they're seeking for and what you have got in yourself. Do not forget to mention your other personal skills which may be useful for the job position. 

Assemble your argument
This is your chance to pitch your sale and impress the HR manager to make them believe why you're a good fit for the position among all the other interviewees. Note down your points to exhibit your knowledge and to present a strong ​argument. 

Keep it precise
Your answer to this question should be short and clear. It should not exceed 1-2 minutes so make sure to point out your strongest attributes as you won’t be able to tell everything that you have mentioned in your resume.

Don'ts while answering this question Like said earlier, it all comes down to what you can do benefit the company. So the interviewer does not want to hear your personal reasons for applying for the job. Following are few examples: 

  • I am unemployed and you have a vacancy. 
  • I'm interested in your company. 
  • I have always wanted to work as the position requirement. 

Practice Once you are done preparing, let's practice. Do not learn the answers by heart. Make sure to grab the points and practice till you can answer this question confidence and ease and so that you don't stammer when you are asked this question. You could also do a mock interview with a friend. 

Here are few examples 

  • I think my experience in the industry along with my abilities and curiosity to learn more is what would make me a great asset for your team. I also am a quick learner and have the ability to adjust in teams quickly. Having handled diverse types of projects, i believe I am capable of working on high profile projects. 
  • You have described that you want a manager with experience and vision. Well, I have both the qualities you are looking for in a candidate. I, furthermore am very passionate about the industry and I’m driven to deliver the best. I will also bring my interacting skills, quick decision making skills, and creative problem solving skills into position. I believe I also have good organisational skills. 
  • As you can see in my resume, I have three years of experience as a Content Writer. My experience has helped me polish my creative writing skills. Having worked directly with senior managers, I have improved my communicational skills.

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