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Offline Learnist Careers

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Why Should We Hire You?
« on: October 04, 2009, 11:56:19 PM »

Why Should We Hire You? Interview Question

The interview may be going well, you have dodged some questions you thought may have tripped you up and you have the interviewer eating out of the palm of your hand. They appear impressed by your qualifications and experience, and the interview itself is about to be wrapped up. Then as a final question the interviewer throws this curve ball in your direction. If you are prepared for it, you will most likely take it in your stride. If not, this could set you off into a mumbling and bumbling end to what was a fairly stress free and successful interview.

The idea behind this question is that you will have spent so much time focussing on swatting up on the company, you will have paid an inadequate amount of time to having answers prepared about your most valuable asset. Yourself.

See also: What challenges are you looking for in a position?

Although this question may seem to be a difficult one to tackle. In truth, you will have already answered this question, in bits throughout the interview. Now you simply need to gather in the fragments and give them a structure before confidently delivering your answer.
You should start by structuring your response to highlight how you meet the requirements of the job. You can add in some key characteristics you believe they are looking for and then we should be getting towards a strong answer. This is an opportunity to blatantly advertise yourself, so leave out anything negative.

For example,

"I have spent the last 12 years working in the vibration analysis. I have achieved an NVQ level 3 in this field which exceeds your requirement for a level 2. My references show that I am hard working and a trustworthy and reliable individual who can work well alone or as part of team. In my last job the routines I set up on three production lines resulted in massive maintenance savings when compared with three lines at another branch. These savings have shown the importance of non destructive examination and I am considered a leader in this industry."

As long as you rehearse your own tailored answer, you should have no problem delivering a well structured and confident answer to what can be an awkward question.

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Offline Lorraine_03

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Re: Why should we hire you?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2012, 05:00:48 PM »
My answer to this is usually: I take pride in every job that i'm set to do, no job given to me is of poor quality or half done. I have great time management skills which is needed for a job like this. I always have the companies best interests at heart, and I do my very best to ensure customer satisfaction.

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Re: Why should we hire you?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2012, 08:34:02 PM »
This is a question that comes up a lot - usually in different forms too.  I like the question and try to answer with relevant experience about the current position being applied for with examples of what i've done in the past.  People have also stated that in SOME cases it is actually better to be honest, as some like them.  I have heard of someone actually getting a job because they answered this question with "because i need the money"

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Re: Why should we hire you?
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2012, 06:38:25 AM »
This is a very difficult question to answer during the interview, this questions keeps us in dilemma in what way we should answer in order to attract the recruiters.

For this question, we should summarize our accomplishments and how this is related to the applied job position, the answer should be unique!!

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Re: Why should we hire you?
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2012, 08:20:11 AM »
I agree, the answer should be unique, but honest.  Dont blag something or try to big something up.  If you didnt take part in the example you are giving, it will be found out.  You dont want to lie about anything at job interview stage, as they will not be impressed by this

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