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How to Answer “Why Should We Hire You?” in an Interview

Most hiring managers will close out an interview asking you point blank why they should hire you.  If you’ve ever been stumped when it comes to this question, rest assured that you likely failed that interview.

If you want to impress the hiring manager and demonstrate your desire to work for him, you will need to have done your research on the company and position well in advance in order to close the interview on a positive note.

When you are prepared and have completed your research ahead of time, it will be easy for you to address the key reasons why you are perfect for the job.

Point out your skills.

When you have a solid understanding of the position job duties and requirements, this should be an easy sell to the hiring manager.

Take a look at what the hiring manager wants and needs for the position.

What are the key skills and requirements? 

Are there any additional experiences or skills that you have which would be a plus for the position? 

For example, if the hiring manager is searching for a finance manager for his global staffing company, it would be a huge bonus if your financial experience is on a global basis or in the staffing industry.  This is something that you would want to point out to the hiring manager as a reason why he should hire you for the job.

Being able to establish the connection between your skills and the job requirements is necessary if you wish to have a successful interview.

Establish your ability to learn.

As always, it doesn’t matter how much experience you have in the position at hand.  You must also be willing and able to learn a new business, new processes, or even a new industry.

If you have had successful experience learning and picking up new skills in the past, be sure to bring this up to the hiring manager during the interview.  This proves that you not only have the key skills the hiring manager is looking for, but that you also have the initiative and desire to learn more.

Don’t forget about the culture.

If you have done your research prior to the interview, you will be very familiar with the company’s culture.  No longer is it satisfactory for the hiring manager to just find someone with the skills and experience to hire for a job.  Today, hiring managers are searching for individuals who will transition smoothly into their company’s culture.

Make sure that you establish your knowledge of the company culture.  If you have worked in similar cultures in the past, talk about this.  State how your attitude and beliefs will fit in well with the company’s established culture.

What are some other ways you might answer the question, “Why should we hire you?”  Please share your tips in the comments below.

Julia Weeks

Julia is a skilled Recruiter with over 8 years of experience in sourcing, interviewing, and hiring within many industries globally. She works closely with hiring managers and job seekers to understand needs and desires, while offering guidance and ensuring the right fit. When not recruiting or writing, Julia enjoys spending time outside cycling, taking her dog for walks, or honing her sailing skills.

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