Below is our guide to answering the job interview question, why should I hire you? To best understand this topic, use the written section below alongside the video insights from our co-founders Geoff Balmer and David Landau.
You’ve covered your strengths and weaknesses, answered behavioural and situational questions and now the interview is coming to a close. The interviewer then asks “tell me, why should I hire you?”
This question is often asked at the end of interviews, and can leave many candidates struggling with how to address it. So, how can you answer this question without sounding arrogant and or talking your way out of a job?
In general, this question is asked to reaffirm your skills and suitability for the role. It’s essentially asking you to sell yourself, which gives you another opportunity to talk about your strengths and reiterate your enthusiasm for the position. It’s important to be concise and straightforward when answering this question, so let’s take a look at some of the key points to cover:
Don’t waffle. Prepare a concise answer for this in advance that covers the basics of how you suit the role and why you want the job. Padding out your answers with unnecessary details can sometimes detract from your point or make you sound incoherent.
Listen. Make a mental note of the key points raised throughout the interview, and reflect on these whilst answering. This way your answer can highlight you’ve been listening whilst also touching on the important points raised during the conversation, which will help you to stand out to the interviewer.
Demonstrate your research. Come back to the research you did on the company and tie it into your answer. Talk about what you can bring to the company and how you’ll fit in with their culture by specifically referencing the information you've uncovered during your research, and you'll find you come across as much more credible.
Be enthusiastic. Talk about what motivates you and why the role is interesting to you, showing that you’re genuinely excited to join. For many interviewers, your attitude and how you come across is what they'll remember as much as any specific answer that you give.
Focus on what you can do for the company. It's important to paint a picture for the hiring manager of how you can help them achieve their objectives and where possible to avoid spending time talking about what you can't do.
As the end of the interview approaches, it’s a good idea to be ready for this question to be asked. It’s vital to be comfortable in articulating and highlighting why you feel that you would be a good fit for the role. Speak on the skills that you can bring to the table and communicate these in a straightforward manner to give yourself the best chance of getting the role you want.
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