You’ve made it past the ATS, had a successful call with the recruiter, and are now in the throw-down, knock ‘em, sock ‘em stage that will determine whether or not the role is yours. After going over each response repeatedly in your head (and mirror), you’re poised and ready to perform, seamlessly responding to each question with confidence. That is, until the hiring manager asks, point blank, “Why should I hire you?”.
It’s amazing how those 5 little words throw even the most qualified candidates off course. They’re prepared for “Tell me your shortcomings” and “Where do you see yourself in 5 years”, but when it comes down to the “Why”, candidates freeze, simply wanting to say, “Because I’d be great, that’s why!”.
Here’s what you should do.
1.) Know what NOT to say…
“This would be quite the raise!” or “I can’t stand my current boss” or “Heck, I don’t know – I just need a job!” are not exactly going to get you places. Prior to your interview, research the company —understanding their mission and vision, so that you can align your own personal goals and objectives with theirs, providing an answer that shows a commitment to their long-term growth (as well as your own).
2.) Be concise.
Don’t ramble on – prepare a short, concise statement that is to the point – while remaining detailed and free-flowing. Practice your answer as you would any other, so that if asked, you are comfortable with your response.
3.) Demonstrate your value.
Demonstrate how you can add value to the organization by citing your past accomplishments and how you can see yourself flourishing within this role. Explain what challenges you have overcome, and what you can do for said company, if given the chance.
If you are currently searching for a new job, you may be asking yourself, “So, Why Should I Hire YOU?”…
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