How to Answer the Question 'Why Should I Hire You?'

3/4/2016
Don Charlton

I've heard it. You've heard it. We've all heard it. "Why should I hire you?" Even if it is a loaded question, it's one that every candidate should be prepared to answer. It's fairly straightforward--the hiring manager just wants to know why you deserve the position more than other applicants (and there might be a dozen who qualify). This is a chance for you to be assertive, highlight your qualifications, and show your excitement for the job. Here are three solid ways for you to approach your response:

1. Set Yourself Apart

First, you should definitely talk about your unique qualifications, and focus on the fields that you're an expert in. Perhaps a specific anecdote from a former job will help explain how your skills have benefited a company in the past. This will give the hiring manager a better idea of how your skills can translate into the new position. When highlighting your strengths, context is key.

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