Employers need a good reason to give you a job. You are one of the many items on their long list of monthly expenses, so they need a reason to employ you. With, or without your help, they are trying to figure it out.
What do the interviewers want to hear from you?
- They want to hear that you could help their company to prosper, and they want to hear that you actually care about their prosperity.
- They desire to know your motivation.
- They try to understand the value you can bring to their team.
Now wait a second. Shouldn’t the interviewers figure it out on their own? Aren’t they paid for their ability to recognize your potential, your strengths, and weaknesses in an interview?
They are paid for that ability, but still will ask you this question from one of the following reasons:
- To see whether you can assess your own skills and strengths. It helps them to determine your trustworthiness, confidence, and other important things.
- They simply use this interview question, because everyone else does so.
- They are not able to find a reason why they should give you a job – so, as a last chance, they ask you to tell them that reason.
Interviewers aren’t perfect. There are many great recruiters in the US, and everywhere else, but some bad recruiters also interview people in companies. It is the same with every other job, isn’t it? Therefor, you should try to understand their reasons and prepare a great answer to this question.
What you should NOT answer
Many job seekers use general interview answers–a bad strategy indeed. Maybe you have also used one of the following answers in your interviews:
Why should we hire you?
- Because I am the best candidate for this job. How can you tell without meeting all other applicants?
- Because I want this job so badly. Your concerns and desires don’t interest the interviewers.
- I fulfill all the requirements for the job. Too general. You need to list the exact requirements.
- I have no idea. Well, if you have no idea why it makes sense to hire you, we won’t hire you.
You need a specific answer. Do not make the same mistake many people do. Try to tell them what they want to hear . You can use the following guide to compose your brilliant answer:
- Write down all the abilities and skills important for the job. (You can find them on the job description, or you can figure it out on your own.)
- Think whether you posses some of these skills.
- Use them for your interview answer, and add some motivation and enthusiasm for the job.
And do not forget that your answer should correspond with your interview presence. If you are bored, yawn, and employer does not see any enthusiasm in your eyes, he will not trust your answer. . . .
Sample answers for various job openings
General managerial position
- You should hire me, because I posses a rare ability to uncover and develop the strengths of the others, and to utilize it to utilize their strengths for the benefit of the company . Management is my passion, and I just love to help the others to achieve their goals, to enjoy their job, and to benefit the company while doing all of that.
General marketing position
- I know how to touch the hearts and minds of the prospects, and how to turn them to customers. I really enjoy to work in marketing, and I can’t wait to design some successful campaigns for your clients.
General sales position
- I really like the product of your company, that is the first reason why you should hire me. You can sell something only when you honestly like it. Secondly, I am really passionate about selling, and enjoy myself when pitching the customers. I know how to deal with different personalities, and I have guts to go and talk to anyone.
Entry level jobs
- I am aware that I have no experience. But I am willing to learn, motivated to work hard, and I will do my very best every day to help you to achieve your goals.
- I love to talk with the others and to help them. Communication makes me happy, not only in job. I will do my best to create a smile on the faces of your customers, so they can come back and make another purchase.
People working on the phone (call center, telemarketing and similar positions)
- I like to talk on the phone and negative responses never discourage me. I have an ability to swallow virtually anything, what I believe is crucial if one wants to be good at this job.
- I can see the good, and the bad in people. I can quickly understand whether they can be useful for our company. I work professionally and never let my emotions to get the better of me and influence my decisions in work.
Programmers and coders
- My computer is my best friend. If I work on the project, I am able to focus on my tasks and nothing will take my concentration away. I will give interesting insights on every project and I work hard to keep my coding skills up to date. I try to learn something new every day.
- My job is my mission. I believe that teachers shape the future, by shaping their students. Therefore I approach my job very responsibly, and I try my best to be a good role model for all the students.
Administrative workers and office managers
- I am pretty organized and I keep a good track of everything. I can work quickly and do not mind routine tasks. In fact, I prefer routine tasks. I am always positive in work as well, and help to create a good atmosphere in the office. These are the main reasons why you should hire me.
Anyone can use our samples, but you should always add a little twist to it, mentioning the following:
- Relevant experience
- Special skills relevant to the job
- Relevant education
- Positive feelings and thoughts when it comes to the working environment, vision and goals of your employer.
You should be able to answer this difficult question now. And if you want to see more than 150 brilliant interview answers, we recommend this e-book. Thank you and good luck in your interview!