One of the most common (and straightforward) interview questions hiring managers ask is: 'Why should we hire you?' While this interview question seems simple, many job candidates are unsure about how to approach it. That is why it's important to be prepared to practice this question ahead of time so that you can enthusiastically, concisely and confidently explain the unique value you will bring to the company.
In this article, we provide some tips on how to respond to this question effectively. You'll also find some example answers for inspiration.
Why employers ask 'Why should we hire you?'
There are a few reasons why employers ask, 'Why should we hire you?' First of all, they want to see how composed and confident you are. If you can adequately convey that you're worthy of the position, your interviewer will be more likely to think so, too. Thus, when answering this question, it's important to show confidence.
The next reason is that they want to make sure you have done your research and understand the job. Detailing your understanding of the position and the ways that your unique skill set will help in the role may make the company more likely to hire you.
The last reason employers ask this question is they want to know what makes you qualified for this job, what sets you apart from other candidates and why you will perform well. Thus, this is your opportunity to promote your qualifications and positive attributes.
How to effectively answer the 'Why should we hire you?' question
Preparing in advance for this question is a valuable use of your time prior to the interview. P reparing your response to it will provide you with a compelling description of what makes you qualified for the role. Consider the following steps to create a great response:
- Research the company and the position
- Make it clear that you're the person they're looking for
- Show your value
- Stand out from other candidates
- Highlight measurable accomplishments
1. Research the company and the position
While conducting your pre-interview research, find out which of your accomplishments, experiences and skills would be most relevant to the position or the company. This allows you to determine which ones to focus on when answering the 'Why should we hire you?' question. Also, find out any major challenges the company is currently facing. This will help you explain how you can help the company resolve those problems.
2. Make it clear that you're the person they're looking for
Pay close attention to the language the company uses in its job posting and during the interview. Take note of the qualities and skills the company values most, and use this opportunity to tell them that you have the skills or attributes they are looking for.
3. Show your value
In your interview, you'll need to go beyond simply telling the hiring manager that you have what it takes and that you would be a great asset to the company. You can use anecdotes or metrics to demonstrate the value you can bring.
Instead of saying, 'I'm a problem solver and an awesome team player,' provide specific examples of situations in which you worked with others to successfully come up with a solution. Emphasise how your skills or qualities played a vital part.
4. Stand out from other candidates
Because you may be competing with dozens of other candidates for the job, make sure you stand out for the right reasons. To do this, say something about yourself that the hiring manager has not heard from other candidates. You can also share a brief story that demonstrates how you have effectively used your skills in your previous work experience. Start by discussing what you think your previous employer is looking for, then explain, using your anecdote and qualifications, how you meet that need.
5. Highlight measurable accomplishments
Back up your accomplishments with numerical results. For instance, if you are applying for a job as an administrative assistant at a company that is looking for an individual to streamline processes, you may state that at your previous employer, you introduced an easy-to-use electronic filing system, which reduced the time to retrieve files by 40%.
'Why should we hire you?' best answer examples
As you are planning your response to this interview question, use the following examples as inspiration.
Example 1: Office manager
'Based on what you have said and from the research I have conducted, your company is seeking an administrative assistant who has strong tech skills and interpersonal skills. I am confident that my experience aligns and makes me a great fit for the job. I'm an effective communicator who is excellent at speaking on the phone and writing emails. I'm also good at some relevant software applications, such as spreadsheet suites and content management systems. I would love to bring my varied skill set to your company.'
Example 2: Teacher
'I'm the right candidate for this position, as I not only possess the traits you're looking for and what it would take to succeed in this role, but I am also eager to help your school implement various programs, assessing the curriculum and ensuring that students experience academic success. As you can see from my resume, I have several years of teaching experience and possess the necessary teaching skills.
At my previous teaching job, I was given the chance to advance my managerial skills, even getting some experience with roles that were above my work level. For example, I was involved in a school program during which I was tasked with solving the shortage of teachers in the school, which I know is something you're facing as well. I addressed this problem by using various social networks to encourage young teachers and other professionals to teach in our school.
I am confident that I can contribute something that no other candidate will, and I hope you will give me the chance to prove it."
Example 3: Project manager
'From what I have read on the roadmap plans of the company that are posted online, I understand that you need a project manager who is also excellent at handling other departmental roles. I could not find a way to briefly describe it on my resume but when I was an intern at Axiom Solutions, Inc., I spent a month each on four different teams to get an idea of how the company operates as a whole.
Now, with my supervisory experience where I have increased output by 50%, I can confidently say that I am well-equipped to be the best project manager, while also being familiar with the roles of other departments.'
Example 4: Supervisor
'When I read your job posting, I noticed that you were seeking someone with an intermediate or mid-level supervisory experience at your restaurant.
As you can see from my resume, I have six years of restaurant management experience, during which I increased sales by 40% while reducing overhead. What my resume doesn't mention are the various other roles in a restaurant I have become familiar with. From working as a waiter to working as a kitchen manager, I have gained knowledge of each and every important aspect of managing a busy restaurant. I believe that this experience, together with my hard work ethic and personable attitude, makes me a great candidate for the job.'
Example 5: Web developer
Example 6: Sales executive
'You have mentioned in your job posting that you're seeking a sales executive who can effectively manage more than a dozen employees. In my 10 years of experience as a sales manager, I have developed strong team-building and motivational skills. I was awarded Manager of the Year for two consecutive years for my innovative strategies for encouraging employees to meet or surpass quarterly deadlines. If hired for this job, I will use my leadership strategies and skills to achieve profit gains in this position.'
Example 7: Changing careers from construction management to banking
'As you can see from my resume, I have several years of experience as a construction manager, a position which has given me an opportunity to deepen my understanding of how regulated companies, such as banks, work. I read in your job posting that you were specifically seeking someone to help coordinate and manage new accounts.
As a construction manager, I was responsible for not only monitoring projects and organising employees, but was also responsible for managing company credit cards, employee payroll and corporate accounts. I have developed a deep understanding of the present regulatory environment for banks and how they meet the reporting and tracking requirements as they relate to the accounts I handled. I believe that my previous work experience will translate well into the role you're offering and I'm excited to start this new chapter of my career.'