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05/18/07
Interview Question: Why should we hire you?
Filed under: Interviewing, Public Relations docs, Job Offer (Situations), Mature professionals
Posted by: BlogMaster @ 11:18 am

One of the clear questions each person who
goes into a job interview MUST be able to
know what their response elements are is:

Why should we hire you?

Each interviewee should have thought this
through and be able to state what they offer
whether the individual is a recent grad, in
mid-career or mature.

The guidance we often provide is that the
interview is two-sided.  The company, or
department, wishes to learn
  ability to do the job
  motivation to provide needed elements to
excel in the role 
  communicates effectively and manages
information
  displays a positive attitude that fits in with
the culture
  understands and can adapt to various
team environments to be a strong member
of a team.

The individual is looking for a position and
role that matches her/his core values and
needs.  Additionally, we indicate that it involves
responsibilities that will be interesting and
enjoyable.

Thus, knowing what each party in the interview
wants to learn and assess helps us have the
necessary information to reinforce first impressions
or elements listed in the resume that support
your candidacy.  As important as these, one
might also trim the message down to match the
clear desires of the company with not only your
key attributes, but also specific examples where
you get things done or solve problems.

This is so important that it is worth considering
answering the question out loud or even
“taped” to see that you can state it
convincingly.

Dan

 

One Response to “Interview Question: Why should we hire you?”

  1. site admin Says:
    Mary Pratt covered the purpose behind a
    FedEx VP asking this question. She wants
    to see if they have explored what the position
    requires and what the person is most
    passionate about.

    The interviewee needs to be able to describe
    her or his passions and demonstrate that
    homework, networking and LISTENING have
    been done in the interview and job search
    process.

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