It’s not every day that you will get called for an interview. When you do get a call, it’s important that you know how to answer some basic questions. One very common interview question that you should prepare for is “Why should we hire you?” This question is very straightforward and direct, so it’s important to dish it back in the same manner.
There are just 2 things to be mindful of when answering this question. Avoid being too cocky, and avoid being too modest. There is a fine line between confidence and cockiness.
If you are going to talk about how great you are, make sure you have proven metrics to back it up! Here are a few examples.
“Why should you hire me? I’ll tell you why… I am the best in the world at what I do. I have never met another person who can do their job as well as me. Even my last manager did not have the skills that I have. I could have easily done his/her job. So, if you want the very best, hire me!”
“Well, I feel that I am pretty good at my job. I try really hard and I think that you will be happy with your decision if you hire me.”
“You should hire me because I am a very fast learner and I know how to get the job done. I graduated college in 3.5 years, which is faster than any of my peers. In addition, I have worked all throughout college giving me a leg up on my competition. If you are looking to hire a recent grad, I can assure you that I will be able to learn faster and work harder than anybody else.”
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It’s pretty obvious to see that one is better than the others. Being overly modest never got anyone anywhere. And neither has acting obnoxiously cocky. Whatever personality type you are, try to find a happy balance when answering this question.
The goal here is to reassure the employer that you are a great fit for the position, without doubting yourself or sounding arrogant. If you can do this, you are sure to answer, “why we should hire you” with great success!