Set yourself apart by thinking about why YOU should be hired.
The interview for your dream position is going smoothly, when the interviewer says: “So, we’ve had many good applicants for this position, tell me- why should we hire you?” Put on the spot, your mind may go blank if you’re not quite sure how to best answer this question!
Unsurprisingly, this is one of the most common questions asked at a job interview. It is a question that gives you the opportunity to be extremely specific in sharing what you have to offer the employer, why you make a good fit for the position and continue to seal the deal towards landing yourself a job offer!
When answering this question, there are several things you need to think about:
What do you have to offer that others don’t?
Often the thinking is to simply respond with your relevant experience and skills, but if you really want to win the employer over, you need to take your answer a step further. When answering, think about what challenges this opportunity might present, or even better, ask the interviewer! Then, focus your answer on how you have faced similar challenges before and stress the results you have achieved. Think about the relevant experience and skills you have to offer, but also how (and why) those experiences and skills differ from what other candidates may be able to offer.
Why do you want to work for them?
Employers always want to hire talent who will be excited to work for them, so when you respond express your interest in the company and the industry. At the same time, make sure your interest is backed up with information. You do not want to make blank statement such as: I like your company and culture. Rather, offer details on what you find attractive about the opportunity such as: I have seen how the company has maintained its competitiveness with the product launch of X, Y, and Z and infiltrated new markets like Asia and Europe. I believe in the company’s approach and that it will be a long-standing leader in the industry, so I would like to be part of it. I believe I can add value with my previous experience and success in…. This latter response informs the employer more on why you want to work with them and how you can bring value to them. Of course, you will have to do some research ahead of time on the company and business to be able to provide such a response.
Were do you want to be in three years?
This is where you should show that you want to stay with the employer as retention is key to them. It is also a great opportunity to ask them about career growth. A good answer could include: ‘I like to stay challenged and learn new things and I expect your firm can do that for me. What kind of positions have others who started in this role moved onto?’
The key is to always PREPARE
Whether or not this question ends up being a part of your next job interview, it is best to be prepared with a thorough and well-thought-out response. Try weaving these tips into your interview strategy and let us know how they work for you!