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Interview Question: "Why Should We Hire You?"

August 25, 2020

Because hiring managers only have a short time to assess whether or not you might be a good fit for the role, they want to understand a few key things by the end of your interview. Those things include whether you are a good culture fit for the company, if you can be successful in the role and how you might contribute to their short and long-term business goals. One question you might be asked by employers is, “Why should we hire you?”

In this article, we explain why hiring managers ask this question and provide example responses to help you prepare for your next interview.

Why hiring managers ask "Why we should hire you?"

When a recruiter asks why they should hire you, they want to know the reasons you think you are the best first for the open position. Employers hire people to solve various problems, which range from building a brand to streamlining processes to boosting sales. When you make a pitch for a job, you aim to prove to the employer that you are the best person to solve the problem.

When answering this question, try to convince the interviewer that:

  • You have a perfect combination of experience and skills that make you an outstanding candidate.
  • You will fit in well and make a great addition to the company.

How to answer "Why we should hire you?"

Follow these steps to develop a good response to this common question:

  1. Study the job posting
  2. Research the company
  3. Tie your background to the job posting
  4. Quantify your accomplishments
  5. Explain what makes you unique

1. Study the job posting

To understand the specific skills, qualities and experience employers are looking for in an ideal candidate, review the job posting. Pay special attention to the job description and key sections like “Requirements,” “Experience” and “Education.” Find commonalities between what the employer is looking for and the skills, experiences and qualities you have to offer. Explain how you could use certain skills to help the business.

2. Research the company

Spending time studying the company's mission, goals and recent announcements can help you to answer this question. You should use this information to explain how you are connected to their values and how you might help them accomplish key business goals. For example, if a company's mission is to deliver excellent customer service, make sure your answer describes how you could help their clients or increase customer satisfaction.

3. Tie your background to the job posting

Explain how your experience, skills and attributes make you the best fit for the job as it pertains to the company and position for which you're applying. You should address each of the requirements listed in the job posting, as well as any additional qualities that make you a great fit.

4. Quantify your accomplishments

When possible, support your accomplishments with numerical results. Adding numbers to your achievements gives hiring managers a better idea of how hard you worked to succeed. For example, if you're applying for a job as an accountant at a company that is looking for someone to streamline processes, you might explain that at your previous company, you implemented a new process for expense accounts that reduced time-to-reimbursement by 25%.

5. Explain what makes you unique

Think of any relevant qualities or experiences that set you apart from other candidates. For example, if you held a previous professional or volunteer position that gives you a unique perspective beneficial to the job you're applying for, that might be something that distinguishes you.

Example answers to "Why we should hire you?"

Study the following samples to help you craft your response to this question:

  • Office administrator
  • Kitchen manager
  • Social worker
  • Customer service representative
  • Web developer
  • Teacher

Office administrator

“You should hire me for my passion and proven abilities in organization for office efficiency. In my previous role as an administrative assistant, I came up with a plan to reorganize the office supply closet by category. We placed fewer orders and saved 30% on office supplies year over year. I'm excited to bring my skills to this role.”

Kitchen manager

“My experience accurately managing inventory intake and skills in creating effective, streamlined schedules make me uniquely qualified to succeed in this kitchen manager position. I understand that you require a highly organized candidate with acute attention to detail. In my previous job, I successfully handled schedules for 20 employees and reduced food waste by 15%. I'm excited about the prospect of bringing my organizational skills to your restaurant."

Social worker

“You should hire me for this position because of my proven ability to maintain strong interpersonal relationships with several different clients. I am passionate about providing care to those in need in my community, which keeps me motivated and excited about doing my best work.

I understand you need a candidate who can be consistently available for events in clients' lives. I have a 100% attendance rate for weekly case proceedings and meetings for my clients. In addition, I can bring leadership experience to your team, having trained over 20 new hires to become familiar with day-to-day operations and to feel comfortable in their new roles.”

Customer service representative

"I believe my dedication to improving the customer experience makes me a good fit for this role. After looking at your company's mission statement and objectives, it appears that you also believe in continually striving to help your customers receive excellent service, which I'm excited to help with. At my current job, I spent a few months researching ways to improve customer satisfaction. I found that by reducing wait times and following up regularly, customers were more 15% more likely to recommend us to family and friends."

Web developer

"You should hire me because I love working with a team to solve problems. In my five years as a web developer, I have learned that most of my job involves finding answers to different issues that happen throughout a project. I understand that you need someone who can work with your programmers and QA team to deliver products, and I think I could fit well into that role. I currently work closely with three other developers, a project manager and a QA lead to create the best products possible."

Teacher

"My main goal as a teacher is to ensure that my students learn something new every day. I like to make sure my lesson plans work for all students, regardless of learning speeds. Currently, I have classes with up to 30 students, so it can be a challenge, but I enjoy getting to know each student. If I teach for your school, my goal would be to make sure every student is valued and heard. I read about your after-school tutoring program, and I would love to be a part of it to get to know more about the students and fellow teachers."

Tips for answering "Why should we hire you?"

Consider these tips when you're formulating your answer:

  • Be brief and direct. Try to keep your answers straightforward to keep the hiring manager's interest. You should have a sincere answer that sums up why they should hire you since the rest of your interview answers should detail your specific skills and experience.
  • Focus on what you can do for the company. Make sure your answer explains what you can bring to the company. Your successes should relate to the company and how you can help it excel. Just as you want to know that the role is a good fit for you, the hiring manager wants to know you're a good fit for the company.
  • Give a genuine response. To ensure you provide a genuine answer, prepare a few talking points, but don't memorize your entire response. You will sound more natural when you have an outline to build from.
  • Elaborate on your resume. By the time you interview, the hiring manager has probably already read your resume, and they will probably have a paper copy with them. Instead of repeating the same information they can find on your resume, detail your bullet points and how they make you a good fit. Giving more detail helps the hiring manager learn more about what you can do for the business.

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