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Need some ideas on how to answer, "Why should we hire you?" during your next job interview? | Fairygodboss
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Kyla Duffy
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Janine Weidow
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I agree with Kari's response above and especially highlighting any skills and experience you think makes you stand out over other candidates (that hasn't yet been discussed in the interviewing process). It is also a chance to feature "soft skills" that are not always discussed or featured on a resume. Traits like resiliency, grit, integrity...or other strength areas you think are important for the job and the organization. Give examples of how you embodied those traits in the past.
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This is, at its essence, a branding question. If you are crystal clear on what differentiates you from your competition, you will be able to answer this question effectively. At issue is that so many people either have no brand at all, or the one they have crafted for themselves is completely non-differentiating ("I'm a hard worker and a team player.")
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If I was an interviewer who asked "Why should we hire you?" and the candidate responded with "Here's why I'll make your job easier..." I would not be impressed . This reply includes an underlying assumption that I'm somehow inept and that the purpose of this role to "make my job easier" - which is typically not the case. I agree with @Kari. State why you are qualified, that your background will enable you to hit the ground running and provide some info that will differentiate you from the pack of other candidates.
Kyla Duffy
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Maybe I read it wrong, but I was thinking more about considering "how I can make your job easier" in the answer, not explicitly saying it. One thing I don't like at all is when candidates assume to know what's going on in the organization, and you bring up a great point that by answering explicitly with, "Here's why I would make your job easier," your answer would definitely fall into that category.
Kyla Duffy
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Thanks for a different perspective on it, Michelle!
Kari Solomon
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Your two main objectives in any interview are: 1) Underscore why you're qualified (ie. directly connect the experience you have to the qualifications they're looking for). 2) Differentiate yourself from other candidates, or explain what unique qualities you have. "Why should we hire you?" is one of those great open-ended questions that allows you to slip into the conversation anything about you that hasn't already been discussed. Go into an interview knowing what you want their takeaways to be. If their questions haven't allowed you to discuss the points you want to make, then use a question like the above to refocus or round out the conversation.
Kyla Duffy
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Thanks, Kari! "Go into an interview knowing what you want their takeaways to be" is a great point.