Job interviews are a necessary component of the job search process. Every job seeker will go through an interview before they land the job. It’s part of the game, so get ready.
After the resume and cover letter, the job interview is the time when a hiring manager finally meets a job candidate face-to-face. It’s kind of like a first date – both the candidate and the company are testing the waters to see if this will be a lasting relationship.
Job interviewers want to get to know the job candidate by asking questions. It’s never entirely clear what questions will be asked in a job interview. There are plenty of ridiculous job interview questions, but most employers stick to the tried and true, boring old classics:
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why did you apply for this job?
- Why should we hire you?
You’re almost guaranteed to get one or all of these questions in your next interview. It’s always smart to prepare an answer to these questions ahead of time.
When an employer asks you, “Why should we hire you?” What are you going to say? This question is all about selling yourself. The interviewer will ask this question because they are trying to find the best person for the job. They want to hire someone who can do the job properly, produce high quality work, and fit into the company’s culture. It’s your job to convince them that you are the right person and the best candidate.
Your answer needs to be a concise and focused highlight reel that’s all about you. Shine the spotlight on your accomplishments, experience, skills, education, network, awards, etc. Use this information to craft a story that tells why you are a valuable asset to the company’s team.
Brainstorm your answers and practice your sales speech. Be clear, concise, and confident. If you’re not sure what to say, check out these example answers featured on BigInterview.com.
Remember that when the interviewer is done asking you questions, it’s your turn to ask the interviewer questions! Good luck.