How to Answer "Why Should We Hire You?"

How to Answer "Why Should We Hire You?"

Paul Sloane 28/09/2023
How to Answer "Why Should We Hire You?"

Answering the question "Why should we hire you?" requires a structured response that highlights your qualifications, aligns with the company's needs, and showcases your enthusiasm.

Here's a step-by-step guide:

  1. Understand the Question: Begin by acknowledging the importance of the question. Employers ask this to assess how well you understand the role, the company, and whether you're the right fit.

  2. Analyze the Job Description: Review the job description thoroughly. Identify the key qualifications, skills, and traits the employer is looking for.

  3. Highlight Your Qualifications: Start your response by summarizing your qualifications and experience that directly relate to the job. Use this as your elevator pitch.

  4. Address Specific Needs: Mention how your skills and background address the company's specific needs, as outlined in the job description. Connect the dots between your qualifications and their requirements.

  5. Provide Examples: Back your claims with concrete examples from your past experiences. Use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to illustrate your accomplishments.

  6. Emphasize Soft Skills: Apart from technical qualifications, emphasize your soft skills, such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and adaptability. These skills are often highly valued.

  7. Cultural Fit: Highlight your alignment with the company's culture and values. Mention any relevant experiences that demonstrate your cultural fit.

  8. Show Enthusiasm: Express your genuine enthusiasm for the role and the company. Explain why you're excited about the opportunity and how your passion can contribute to the team's success.

  9. Unique Selling Proposition: Identify what makes you unique and differentiates you from other candidates. What can you bring to the table that no one else can?

  10. Conclude with Confidence: Wrap up your response confidently by reiterating your eagerness to contribute and your belief that you're the ideal candidate for the position.

Sample Response to How to Answer "Why Should We Hire You?"

"Thank you for the opportunity to discuss my candidacy for this role. Based on my background and the job description, I believe I'm an excellent fit for several reasons.

First, I have [X years] of experience in [relevant field], which has equipped me with a strong foundation in [key skills]. For instance, in my previous role at [Previous Company], I led a project that resulted in a [specific achievement], demonstrating my ability to [mention a relevant skill or achievement from the job description].

Furthermore, I noticed that [Company Name] values [specific values or cultural aspects]. In my previous positions, I've consistently embodied these values, particularly when [give an example of how you demonstrated these values].

What excites me most about this opportunity is [mention something specific about the role or company that genuinely excites you]. I'm confident that my expertise in [key skills] and my passion for [specific aspect of the role] align perfectly with what [Company Name] is seeking in an ideal candidate.

In conclusion, I am enthusiastic about the possibility of contributing to [Company Name] and leveraging my skills to drive [mention a potential benefit or contribution]. I believe that my qualifications, coupled with my passion for [specific aspect], make me the ideal choice for this role."

Remember to customize your response for each interview, tailoring it to the company's needs and the job description. Practice your answer beforehand to ensure you convey confidence and enthusiasm during the interview.

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Paul Sloane

Innovation Expert

Paul is a professional keynote conference speaker and expert facilitator on innovation and lateral thinking. He helps companies improve idea generation and creative leadership. His workshops transform innovation leadership skills and generate great ideas for business issues. His recent clients include Airbus, Microsoft, Unilever, Nike, Novartis and Swarovski. He has published 30 books on lateral thinking puzzles, innovation, leadership and problem solving (with over 2 million copies sold). He also acts as link presenter at conferences and facilitator at high level meetings such as a corporate advisory board. He has acted as host or MC at Awards Dinners. Previously, he was CEO of Monactive, VP International of MathSoft and UK MD of Ashton-Tate. He recently launched a series of podcast interviews entitled Insights from Successful People.

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