Of all the questions asked during a job interview, “why should I hire you,” is the most difficult. While there is no right or wrong answer to this question, there are things you should and should not say.
The attached list looks at approaches to this question from a variety of knowledgeable sources. The key to each is to do your homework on the company and be sincere in your answers.
Remember what an employer really wants to hear is: “What can you do for me.”
You Are the Solution
During your day of interviewing if you are lucky, very lucky, you will talk to several people. Ask each of them what is the biggest problem they are facing today.
With this information formulate in your mind a set of solutions.
You may be off target in several instances, but you will be viewed as a listener and a problem solver.
Do your homework
Why should I hire you is not a one-off question. Yet most applicants are unprepared to answer this question.
Do your homework!
Review the job description and underline in your mind the places where your qualifications and the company’s need cross. Be prepared to back up your answer with examples from your past work experience.
Weave and dodge
Just like a football halfback running upfield, a job interview is filled with questions designed to derail you and throw you for a loss. Like a good tennis player, however, you can lob this question back in the interviewers court.
Here is the response suggested by Linkedin.com.
“You know the company, and you know the role. You know yourself and your management style. I know me, but you know almost everything about what’s needed here given what you’re facing in the marketplace. And most importantly, you’ve met all the candidates for the job. I’ve only met me. So I don’t know that you should hire [me]”
“If you don’t hire me, your competition will.”
In today’s economy there is a plethora of unemployed workers moving from one industry to another.
If you are in this position your mantra should be, “all experience is relevant.”
Do not be dissuaded if during the interview you discover you have not dealt with the challenges of this position. Remember your mantra!
Give examples of how your past experience can be tied in to this new job. All jobs have merit and you may just have to tie everything together for the interviewer.