How to Answer “Why Should We Hire You” in an Interview?
“Why Should We Hire You?” – Doesn’t matter how confident you’re on your knowledge and skillset during an interview, when the interviewer asks this simple yet prominent question, most of the time candidates end up giving a not-so-justifying answer to this question, especially when they’re not already prepared for it.
To understand the significance of this question in an interview, we first need to understand what the employer or interviewer exactly wants to know from your side with this question. So, this question requires you to shed some light on various aspects such as:
- Your research for the particular job role and company
- Why are you the best candidate for this position?
- Your confidence in your skillset and learnings
- Why should they hire you instead of others?
- What’s that X-factor in you? etc.
Yes, you need to compile your answer for the question – “Why Should We Hire You?” considering all the above-mentioned points. For instance, after asking this question if the interviewer gets to know that you haven’t researched or explored the job description priorly and just applied randomly for the job – then your chances of getting hired will surely get reduced. To make things a bit convenient for you, in this article, we’ll tell you the correct approach to prepare an impressive and accomplished answer for this question – but before that, let’s first take a look at an ideal sample answer to this question to understand things better:
“Sir/mam, as you would’ve already seen in my resume that my degree program, major and minor there, my technical skill set, college projects, and previous 2 internships all coincide with this particular job role. And I’m a bit confident that all that I’ve done in my past will translate well into this job position.
However, it’s not just my educational background or past internships & projects that make me a good fit for this job role – but, as I read the job description before applying, it made me understand that this job role primarily requires an individual who can build logic and solve problems efficiently and optimally. *you can find out what the companies require from the individuals for the particular job roles by reading out their job description and prepare the answer accordingly* And this is an area I’m very good at. Just for an example, *tell any past incident where you justified your these skills or abilities in real-life, and it should sound genuine*.
Also, let me tell you sir that I may not be someone extraordinary or very special and there may be other candidates who’re possessing a similar skillset or educational background like me but some of my strengths like – I am a coachable person, my willingness to learn, my passion towards my work, team-oriented personality, delivering results on time, and a few others fit perfectly for this particular job role. *you can also opt to mention some of your accomplishments, recognitions, etc. here, relevant to the job profile, that can give you an edge over other candidates*”
So, this is the way you are expected to answer “Why Should We Hire You?” in an interview. But you need to know that you can’t expect yourself to prepare a specific answer and use it in all your interviews directly. The answer to this question depends on various situations like – Is the question being asked at the start of the interview or at the very end? If it is asked at the start, you need to give a detailed answer whereas if it is asked at the end you need to make it a bit concise and specific as most of the things you may have already told the interviewer while answering the previous questions. Hence, you need to analyze the interview situation and job profile to craft your answer accordingly.
Now, to help you out in preparing a worthwhile response to “Why Should We Hire You?” – below we’ve mentioned the most effective approaches that you all can consider:
- First and foremost, you can start your answer by highlighting that your educational background, skillset, experience (if any) is relevant and useful for the particular job role. Now, in general, you need to keep this part short and crisp but in case, if you’re asked this question at the very beginning or if the interviewer hasn’t read out your resume, you can opt to elaborate these details to make things clear.
- Furthermore, you need to show the interviewer that how your skills and knowledge can make you a great addition to the company and a perfect fit for the particular job role. To do this, what you can do is read out the job description thoroughly and find out the required skills. Now, you need to identify how you used those skills in your previous projects, internships, or even in real life. And then, just tell that incident or story to the recruiter in an engaging manner, and it shouldn’t sound like you’re faking or bragging about it.
- Next, you need to clear this concern of the interviewer that why should he/she hire you among all other candidates. Now, you need to handle this part very carefully as here neither you’re expected to boast about yourself absurdly nor you can afford to keep quiet. So, what you can do here is tell your personal traits and strengths relevant to the job profile. Also, you can show some of your personal achievements, accreditation, etc. that you think can give you an edge over others.
- Lastly, you need to show your enthusiasm for your work and job responsibilities. Despite the relevant academic background & work experience, required skill set, and personal traits – what else matters to the interviewer is that if you’re interested and passionate about the work or not, so you need to let him/her know that you’re genuinely interested and willing to do the work.
Key Points to Remember While Answering – “Why Should We Hire You?”:
- Do extensive research about the particular company and job profile before preparing an answer to this question.
- Ensure that your answer should be true and honest as any fake information or story from your side can cost you the loss of the job opportunity.
- Prepare beforehand but make sure that it should not look too rehearsed.
- Try not to appear overconfident or too modest while giving the answer.
- Avoid talking about general skills or achievements unrelated to the role.
So, do follow the above-mentioned tips & approaches, and the next time when you’re asked this question in an interview – come up with an impressive and perfect answer!!