“Why Should We Hire You?”
no matter how prepared you may be for an interview—be it in person, via phone, or even Skype—the one question that can be a stumper is: “Why should I hire you?”
“The best answer to this question should include a combination of enthusiasm, confidence, and humility,” says SiriusXM interviewer and broadcaster Ken Coleman. “If you are applying for a job in which you can use your top talents to perform the work you love to do and produce results that matter to you, then smile big, and with enthusiasm reply, “This is what I want to do and where I want to be.
Imagine you’re the interviewer
According to career coach Elana Konstant, think about this question from the employer’s perspective. “What does your interviewer need to hear to recognize that you are the right candidate? Rather than focusing on what you want to get across, focus on what is affecting the employer—company challenges, upcoming projects, industry changes, and so forth.”
Prepare talking points
Monster career expert Vicki Salemi says to prepare talking points. “You need to convey you have the skills and experience to ace the role, speak with enthusiasm, and passion and then bring it back to the employer.”
It’s OK to brag a little
Don’t be too shy, says Salemi: It’s an interview, they expect you to brag some. “You can say something like, ‘You should hire me because I’m an excellent performer and excel in the skill set required for this position.
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