When you’re trying to land your dream job, one of the toughest tasks you face is convincing the employer that you’re the right person for it.
After all, the whole application process is about answering this question: Why should we hire you instead of one of the many other well-qualified applicants?
Every question is an attempt to gather information to inform this hiring decision. We will also specifically ask you to make your case with one of these questions:
- Why should we hire you?
- Why are you the best candidate for the job?
- Why are you the right fit for the position?
- What would you bring to the position?
To close the deal on a job offer, you MUST be prepared with a concise summary of the top reasons to choose you. Even if your we doesn’t ask one of these question in so many words, you should have an answer prepared and be looking for ways to communicate your top reasons throughout the interview process.
Why Do Interviewers Ask This Question?
Our job is to hire the best person for the position. Most of the candidates that make it to the interview stage are qualified for the job. The winning candidate must be more than qualified, especially in a very competitive job market.
Every hire is a risk for the company.
We will also be taking a personal career risk in recommending a particular candidate to hire. If the candidate performs well, Mr. Interviewer looks brilliant and gets a pat on the back.
If the candidate turns out to be a dud (doesn’t perform well, doesn’t get along with the team, leaves the job prematurely, etc.), the interviewer looks like a dummy and his professional reputation suffers…
With this question, your interviewer is asking you to sell him on you and your status as the best person for the position. Make his job easier by convincing him that:
- You can do the work and deliver exceptional results
- You will fit in beautifully and be a great addition to the team
- You possess a combination of skills and experience that make you stand out from the crowd
- Hiring you will make him look smart and make his life easier