What to say when the interviewer asks “Why should we hire you?”

December 18, 2017

Why do you think we should hire you for this position?

-          Because I am the best.

-          Because you are hiring that’s why!

-          I need to pay my bills!

Such answers can make you feel very witty, but unfortunately, it can also show you the door. Interviewers, at that moment, do not care whether you are funny or whether you will benefit from the job, they are more on the lookout for a candidate who will benefit the organization. The whole purpose of an interview is to see whether a candidate is fit for a job or not. And, to understand that, you will be asked a lot of questions. Some will be skills related, some tricky and some straightforward such as, ‘why should you be hired?’.

Interestingly, this question can be your best opportunity to project yourself as the best-suited candidate for the role. You may feel nervous while answering, but if you can tackle it confidently and correctly, you definitely will stand out from the crowd, and yes - the job can be yours!

So, how do you tackle this question?

1.  Analyse your skills based on the job description

First, don’t just glance at the job description, read it thoroughly. Every job description has a list of essential skills mentioned that the employer is looking for in a candidate. Make a list of those skills and see the ones that match your skill set. Preparing your answer based on these skills can set you apart from other candidates.

Every job posted on interviewfox.com comes with a detailed job description, where you can see the main skills that are required for a particular post, and prepare yourself accordingly. You know what your USP is, and through a quick search, you can find out the mission of the company where you are applying. You then need to find a way by which you can match your USP and expertise, with the company’s mission, and present it to your interviewer.

2. Assure the interviewer that you are the ONE

When the interviewer asks you the “Why should we hire you” question, he/she wants to know how valuable you will be for the company. Your job in this regard is to show just that, i.e. you will indeed be a valuable asset to the organization. However, only saying so does not help, you obviously have to prove it.

How do you do that?

Show your interviewer what you have done in the past. Talk about the different companies and posts you have worked in, and the trainings that you have taken during that period. If you have been promoted frequently or given added responsibilities, bring all of that to the notice of the recruiter. It shows that you were a trusted employee and could handle your responsibilities well.

If you are a fresher, talk about your accomplishments during your college days; if you had helmed any specific project and how you went about making it a success.

Note - While you are in the process of convincing your recruiter that you are the best, make sure to keep it concise. Time is precious and you would not want 2 hours to go by only explaining why you are the right fit!

3. Show why you are a good investment

Recruiting is an investment on part of the organization, and like everyone else, they will also want the best return on investment if they are hiring you.  And when you are asked the question, it is the perfect opportunity to prove that you are indeed a good investment.

Your focus at this point should be what you can do for the company, and not what the company can do for you. Provide your recruiter with some real-life examples and situations where your expertise made a difference. For example, if you had managed to reduce the expenses of a certain project, developed new strategies for revenue generation, streamlined any process or helped in expanding the business - such accomplishments will definitely increase your market value.

4. Don’t go into direct comparisons

Many candidates believe that when the interviewer asks this question, it means you have to say why you are better than the other candidates. Yes, the question does seem to make a comparison, but no, that is not the answer that is expected from you.

If you think logically, you do not know the other candidates who have applied for the same position, so you would naturally not know what their strengths and weaknesses are. However, the interviewer will have an idea about the same. So saying that you are better, smarter, or more experienced than your competitors, can land you in trouble.

Avoid making such statements and instead concentrate on your plus points.

5. Be confident, but not conceited

The ‘why should we hire you’ question gives you a chance to talk about yourself. Not only is what you say important, but also important is the way in which you say it. Be confident about yourself and maintain eye contact when answering the question. Body language is very important to create a positive impression.  And if you believe in your skills, you surely can make the interviewer believe in them too.

But there’s one thing that you need to remember - confidence is good, overconfidence is not. Don’t brag about yourself so much that you come across as a conceited person. Saying things like “I can challenge you that you will not find a better candidate than me” or “ I am the best candidate you will ever interview for this post”, can do you more harm than good.

Tip: You can practice answering this question in front of your friends or family. You will gain confidence and at the same time receive honest feedback.

Remember, while answering this question, your goal is to convince your employer to offer you the job. If you do it right, the job will be yours! Download the interviewfox mobile app, record an audio profile, apply for pre-screening interviews and get noticed by reputed employers.




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  2. https://www.theguardian.com/careers/careers-blog/how-to-answer-why-should-we-hire-you
  3. https://www.livecareer.com/interview-questions/why-should-we-hire-you