How to answer it so the employer wants you! (Over the other candidates they’re considering)
Why should we hire you?
When an interviewer asks you this, keep in mind they’re actually asking…
Why should I hire you over everyone else?
In other words, they’re asking…
What do you bring to the table that other people we’re interviewing for this role don’t?
It can be daunting to answer this, particularly when you haven’t thought about it before hand and it’s dropped in your lap in an interview, but this question is actually a great opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd.
When you answer this question you want to show the employer that you stand out from the other people they’re interviewing for the role.
The best way to do this is talk about how valuable you’ve been to your previous employers.
Depending on the role you’re applying for, you can talk about your –
- Previous Performance in a similar role
- Talk about the qualifications you have for this role that are important to the employer.
- You can talk about any achievements in your previous roles that made you stand out from the crowd
- And don’t forget to mention any skills combinations you have that make you a more valuable hire.
For example, as well as having on the job experience in the role you’re applying for, you may have great people management skills which means you can take on more responsibility for the team you’d be working in.
This might even mean you could be offered a better salary package for the extra skills you bring to the role!
So think about the skills you can bring to the role. Then think about what combination of those will give you an advantage over the other candidates the employer is interviewing for the role.
So… What makes you different from the typical candidate that makes you stand out for the role?
This question is an opportunity for you to differentiate yourself in a positive way and show the employer why you’re their best choice to fill the role.
When it comes to answering the question, remember…
Preparation is the key to success!
So before you’re asked by an interviewer why they should hire you, think about how you can best answer this question that most benefits any employer you’re hoping to work for.
A great way to do this is to write down bullet points of what you come up with then memorize them before you attend the interview.
If you’ve memorized the points you want to mention in the interview you’ll be able to talk in your own words when you’re asked the question.
And if you don’t get asked the question, you can still bring up each point when you answer other questions to impress the interviewer.
Keep your bullet points concise.
To stay relaxed in the interview, practice how you’re going to answer this question when you’re asked it.
Practice makes perfect.
So if you feel like you need a few rehearsals on answering the question then do it before hand so you’re ready to fire away when you’re sitting in front of the employer.
And lastly, remember to project confidence. If you don’t feel confident then practice acting like you’re confident.
Fake it till you make it!
You’ll be surprised, if you think about it, it’s fairly easy to come up with some compelling reasons an employer should choose you for the role.
And if you get enthusiastic and excited about the points you’ve come up with you may even find that you hope the employer will ask why they should hire you.
In fact, people who I’ve given this advice to in the past have been so enthusiastic about their response to this question that they’ve been waiting excitedly for the employer to ask the question so they can answer it!
I’ve even had people I’ve given this strategy to in the past tell me they were disappointed when an employer didn’t asked it in an interview!
So shortlist your answers to this question and you’ll be all set to stand out when you’re asked why the employer should hire you!
And lastly, remember…
Use Connectzapp to find your next role. It’s the easy way to find work.
The way it works is this…
You open the app on your phone or go to connectzapp.com and enter the details of the role you’re after.
You’re then given a list of roles that are best suited to you ranked in order with the best match at the top.
You then swipe through the roles and choose which ones you prefer to make a shortlist.
Then contact those employers on your shortlist direct. Easy!
The great thing is, the employers you choose to contact can also see you’re a great match for the role so they WANT to hear from you!
So cut out all the work in finding your next job and go direct using Connectzapp!
Good luck in your job hunting!