It’s fair to say that when you are interviewing, the hiring manager is trying to determine if you are a good fit for the position. However, being a good fit alone won’t cut it. There are a lot of good fits so they need to determine how you rank up against the other candidates.
Often times, the hiring manager not only wants to make their own decision, but they want to hear your opinion on this matter. It might sound something like this… “Why should we hire you over other candidates?” Out of all the interview questions that you might be asked, this one is arguably the most important.
Why should we hire you is not an easy question by any means. The problem with this is that 99% of the time, you have no idea who the other candidates are! How are you to compare yourself with people you don’t know?! This question is about you and your ability to confidently explain why you are a good fit for the position. With a little preparation (and your best “pump up jam”), you should be able to kill this question!
Short And Sweet
I am sure you have a long list explaining why you are a superior candidate who will outshine the competition. But it is much more effective to pick a few points and elaborate on each. This will ensure that you leave a lasting impression and the hiring manager will not feel overwhelmed and forget all of your good points.
By making a list of your best qualities and achievements, you should be able to narrow the list down easily. Quantifying your accomplishments when possible goes a long way towards making a great argument for you as a candidate.
Just remember that confidence is key here. No matter what you decide to say in the interview, say it with the utmost confidence. You don’t need to know about your competition to be confident that you are the best. Own it, and that will take you a long way!
Build up your confidence by practicing the interview question, "What Are Your Strengths?"
Be Specific For Each Company You Are Interviewing With
It is very important that you create a specific pitch for each company that you are applying for. If you don’t, believe us when we say that the other candidates will, which might cause you to be passed up.
Using the job requirements/qualifications section of the job post you applied for is a very easy and effective way to get ahead. This will help you narrow your chosen bullet points to elaborate on. Think of any experiences you may have that may be useful to the company that goes beyond the job qualifications.
Describing the future you see with the company and how your skill set will help you advance can be very helpful. That does not mean you say something like, “Once hired, I’m heading straight to the top!”… If you are strategic with your approach, you will be able to present a well-worded pitch that is both memorable and informative.
Practice What You Preach!
This goes without saying, but don’t spew a bunch of nonsense that you cannot back up… The hiring manager will pick up on you lying if you go off the deep end with your answer. Stick to what you know and the strong points of your experience.
You are here to prepare and you are on the right track! Although preparation is very important, you do not want to answer this question like you are reading it. Memorize the focal points and elaborate effectively while delivering your response with confidence. The most important part is to separate yourself from the other candidates by making it memorable and staying confident.