How To Answer Why Should We Hire You Interview Question?

To start with, the question “Why should we hire you?” wouldn’t be asked if you’ve already done a great job in the interview and have effectively conveyed why you are the best candidate.

A hiring manager will not waste his time asking this if he already feels you are the right one.

But let’s say your interviewer still isn’t quite convinced, and he asks you directly…

No problem! I’ll prove to you that, by the end of this guide, you’ll be a lot better equipped with an amazing answer that will make a great impression!

 

lp-raw-image-processedFirst things first, let me introduce myself. I am Deniz Sasal. I am a manager with PwC Consulting in our strategy consulting business unit. I am also the creator of The Career Mastery and the famous LIG program. 

I launched The Career Mastery blog as a side project in 2016 because I wanted to help unemployed and underemployed find better jobs with large multinational employers and management consultancies.

See, I’ve joined a lot of interviews as a hiring manager. And one thing I noticed very clearly is that today’s job applicants are extremely misled. There is so much BS advice out there given by completely unqualified non-achievers who have the audacity to teach. And as a result, a lot of graduates end up wasting so much valuable time and settling for sub-par employers.

But long story short, if you stick with me, I will provide you with the best advice and insider tips and tricks to increase your chances of getting jobs with multinationals.

 

So, why should we hire you for this position?

In this article, I’d like to present to you a different answer that will most likely increase your chances by a significant margin. I will also let you in on some insider tips and perspectives straight from a hiring manager — yes, the very person that makes the decision to hire you or not. 

 

Okay. Time to talk fundamentals.

What, exactly, are you trying to accomplish when you are asked this question?

Basically, you want to convince them of the following:

So far, so good?

Now, let’s get more specific. Take out that job ad you’ve been looking at for some time now and read the job description again. This time, I want you to zero in on the information that answers these questions:

Got them? Perfect!

Now, to establish the outcome and give the perfect answer, you have several tools available to you:

Let’s get into more advanced stuff. It’s time to start our analysis.

You probably fit one of 2 types. Which one best describes you?

 

  1. Are you an experienced hire with years of experience, and are you joining the firm to solve a particular problem?

If you said yes to this question, then you know they are hiring you to make an impact in their organization. The time has long gone for you to “take more than you give.” You are not a fresh graduate (or as some call it “fresher”) anymore; you have years of experience…so we expect results from you.

No big deal.

You just have to prove that you can generate results.

And there is no better way to establish that than by presenting your background of accomplishments with a powerful presentation. This method will ensure you impress your interviewer with all the relevant experiences from your career and that you can present them with pizzazz.

So, think about the examples from your own career. These examples will serve as proof that you have done it before and that you can do it again.

In simple terms, when the interviewer asks “why should I hire you over other candidates“, you take out your 2 page presentation and say “allow me to answer you why“.

This presentation will have to include examples which illustrate;

  • What was the problem?
  • What did you do?
  • What was the result?

If you can, talk about the methodology you applied while solving the problem. This is especially helpful if you are applying for a consulting role. We are really interested in the application of methodologies.

To take this a step further, I suggest you prepare a 2-3 slide PowerPoint presentation and walk the interviewer through the slides while demonstrating what you have achieved one by one. Trust me, it will make a world of difference.  You will immediately see the shine in your interviewer’s eyes.

Feel free to use this sample presentation below. Make sure you customize it to your target job’s requirements and your background in advance. This template will work for any regular job interview, including an internship.

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this one is great to demonstrate your problem-solving abilities

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and this is great to present your work history in a creative way

 

If you’d like, you can download the editable ppt version of the slides once you register here

 

A quick side note: Funny thing is, all the candidates I interviewed last month for PwC Consulting (we were hiring for our team), always came with this presentation. I guess they Googled me and ended up in one of my articles. It’s a great icebreaker though.

Anyway, let me continue.

Now, if you didn’t say “Yes” to the first, then you’re probably this next type:

  1. Are you a fresh graduate or have minimal years of experience?

If this is the case, then convincing the interviewer why you are the best bet for the job may be a bit more difficult. You will need to use a different pitch and an excellent presentation in order to stand out from the rest.

Truthfully, using the impact slides above may not help you as much as it may hurt. The person interviewing you might think you’re simply BS’ing them. After all, you haven’t yet accumulated enough relevant experience that you can demonstrate in the job interview.

However, you do have certain skill sets that you can definitely leverage in the interview.

I suggest you develop a 1-slider, something similar to below.

 

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This template is great to present your skills and even weaknesses. I love this slide. It looks great.

Fill the sections with the skills requirements of the job, and then rate your skills as honestly as you can. Don’t be rash and start giving yourself the highest points for each skill; that’s just fake. Just by going out of the way and presenting a slide like this, you already collect many points. Trust me. You don’t need to fake anything.

To download this template, go here.

Moving on…

Don’t just look for sample answers or examples to “why should we hire you”. You are better than that. Rather, understand the logic behind this job interview question.

 

 

 

I hope I was able to help you understand the underlying motivation of hiring managers to ask you this question.

 

Best,

Deniz