Hiring Process
Posted on: June 24th, 2022

During an interview, most employers ask the classic question: “Why should we hire you?” This question enables your potential employer to learn how you view yourself, your attitude, and if you qualify for the position. This classic question may be worded in different ways, for example:

  • Why are you the best person for this position?
  • What makes you unique?
  • Why do you think you are more qualified than others?
  • Why would you be a good fit for this position?
  • How would you benefit our company?

Your answer can make you stand out among the other applicants. Whether you have faced this question before or this is your first time, we have a few recommendations that will help prepare you for a successful interview.


Know Your Assets

When preparing for your interview, it is a good idea to ask yourself, “Why should they hire me?” What skills and qualities do you have to offer the company? What experiences have prepared to excel in this position?

Next, you should consider a two-sided question: what are my strengths and weaknesses? This second half of this question can make the bravest person cower. However, you can breathe easy, because flaws do not necessarily mean you are an unlikely candidate. Nobody is perfect! Admitting weaknesses demonstrates that you are human—and that you are aware of how you can grow. Ask a family member or trusted friend for their perspective if you struggle to understand your strengths and weaknesses, or take a test online to learn more.


Study the Company

Studying the company website when preparing to “sell” yourself during your interview would be wise. Set aside time to absorb the meaning of the mission statement, pinpoint goals, understand services and products, and learn the names of people in leadership. Your knowledge about the company will show that you are informed and impress your potential employer.

In addition, it may be beneficial to take a moment to consider the position of your interviewer. His or her decisions will impact the entire company. He or she likely feels pressure from others to hire well. Will this person share our values and be an excellent representative for our company? Hiring a fantastic employee is this person’s goal.

Preparation helps your interviewer use his time wisely and make the best move for his employer. Moreover, it speaks very well of you if you want not only what is best for you but also what is best for the company. So, preparing to answer honestly and concisely is well worth your time.


Craft Your Interview Answer

Your answer to “Why should we hire you?” must be presented professionally. If your response is too perfect and dazzling, you may look fake or untrustworthy. On the other hand, sincerity, reliability, and enthusiasm go a long way. With study, preparation, and practice, you can craft an answer that sounds natural and genuine as well as confident.


Base it on the Job Description

You cannot underestimate the power of knowing as much as possible about the company you want to work for and the position you want. Those who study the job description details are miles ahead of those who do not review it. So, look closely at the job description and highlight or list the qualifications and requirements at which you excel.

  • Experience: How many years have you spent in the industry related to your job of interest?
    • What positive reviews have you received from previous employers and clients?
  • Skills: What software are you proficient in that would be important to your position?
    • What skills do you offer that could benefit the company in addition to your area of training? For example, do you have excellent people skills? Leadership skills?


Supplement with Accomplishments

Supplement your list of experience and skills with accomplishments that would benefit the company. What projects have you completed? Have you created systems that have been valuable to former employers? What is the success rate of your former team? Have you received certification for additional training for your given field? Have you received recognition or awards in past positions?


Summarize your Qualifications

Choose the top three or four qualities with which you have the most experience and capability and write them on a 3 x 5 card. You may be tempted to write your answer to “Why should we hire you?” word for word; however, this approach may come across as canned and robotic. Talk through your answer with a trusted friend who will help you work out any rough spots. Try to keep your answer under two minutes. If you focus on your strengths and relax by being yourself, you will likely do well in your interview.


Last-Minute Interview Preparations

You are almost ready for the big day! You have counted your assets, studied the company, and crafted your answer. Now, for some last-minute tips to confidently convey your answer to the question, “Why should we hire you?” at your interview.

  1. Choose enthusiasm over fear and confidence over nervousness. Practicing in front of a mirror or with a family member may help you gain confidence.
  2. Alleviate your worries by planning to avoid the top five interview mistakes.
  3. Choose a professional outfit, rest, and eat healthy in the days approaching your interview.
  4. Review the Best Job Interview Closing Tips and techniques so you can finish strong.

Qualifications are vital, but your attitude is what will give you an edge over your competition. Most employers would rather hire someone with less experience who is passionate, driven, and willing to learn and grow in the company. We wish you great success with your interview and future career!