The HR interview question “Why Should I Hire You” turns out to be tricky no matter how simple it may sound.
It may leave you feeling as if you are compared to other candidates but that’s how it is.
I always feel that this question entails a list of my qualities that the interviewer wants me to speak out, and THAT makes the situation really awkward!
This article aims at sketching out a few customised answers to the question “Why Should I Hire You?”, which would give you a clear idea of how to create an edge for yourself in this one!
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A general answer to “Why Should I Hire You”
Possible Answer 1:
“Over the years, I have acquired relevant skills and experience, which I shall bring to your organization.
I have also worked tirelessly on my communication abilities and teamwork skills, which I will put to use in my future career, which would be in your organization if I am selected for the position.
I have given my 100% effort in my past companies, and this has enabled me to recognize my capabilities and limitations.
If I channelize them further, they will bring fruitful results to me and also to your esteemed organization.”
Possible Answer 2:
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to get interviewed at such a renowned company.
Your organization will surely prove to be an excellent platform for me to establish my skills and knowledge in the corporate world.
Even though I am a fresher, I assure you that I will give my best and work to my full potential so that I can contribute as much as I can towards the growth and welfare of this great brand.”
Possible Answer 3:
“Honestly, I possess all the skills and experience that you’re looking for. I’m pretty confident that I am the best candidate for this job role.
It’s not just my background in the past projects, but also my people skills, which will be applicable in this position.
On the other hand, I am a self motivated person and I try to exceed my superior’s expectations with high-quality work. Being a fast learner, I quickly pick up business knowledge related to my project.
Lastly, I would like to add that I work well both as an individual contributor and also as a team member.
Collectively, all these skills put together makes me a complete package for this job.”
Possible Answer 4:
“I feel that I should be hired by you given my excellent academic background along with the skills and experience the company is looking for.
I have the experience and the attitude to excel. If given a chance, I will surely work towards building my expertise, which would prove beneficial for me as well as your organization.”
Possible Answer 5:
“My manager recently told me that he’s never seen anyone with more advanced Microsoft Office skills than me!
But, I would like to admit that I have acquired all my skills on job, from my past experiences, which when implemented at your organization, can bring much value and growth to this esteemed organization.
I think the job role being offered will serve my purpose along with the development of the organization.”
Now read our profile-wise customised answers to the interview question “Why should I hire you” below.
Possible Answer 6:
A fresher’s answer to the question
“My academic records stand me apart from other job seekers.
Having graduated from Hindu College, which is one of the premier colleges in the country, has exposed me to interaction and teamwork with students with high intellect and belonging to various cultures and backgrounds.
Also, studying in this college gave me immense opportunities to delve in various extracurricular activities like Rotary Club, participation in Chess competitions and other activities such as dramatics, poetry and a few sports events too.
Also, living in hostel premises made me a much stronger and an organized person with a wide network of friends and acquaintance.
I believe that apart from a good academic background, these qualities go a long way in shaping personalities and creating efficient workforce.”
Possible Answer 7:
Sample answer for a software tester or test engineer or quality analyst
“Working as a Software Tester with reputed organisations like TCS and HCL Technologies has given me first hand experience of working in the field of testing.
In my past career, I bagged several critical manual and automated software testing projects, which gave me a holistic view on the work front.
I even got the opportunity to lead several projects for which I even got certificates.
All in all, I have about 5 years of experience in the domain, which is an adequate time span for anyone to look forward to gaining an experience in people management in a reputed company.
And for this, I look upto your organisation to give me a chance in my preferred domain.”
Possible Answer 8:
How possibly an academician cum trainer could answer this question
“My 4 years of involvement with the education industry has led to my intense understanding of the area.
Being the Branch Manager of a play school, I got an opportunity to gain experience of the nitty-gritty of the business and emerge as a leader.
I also got a platform to directly interact with the parents, children and the teachers, following which, I created a roadmap of the education trend we cumulatively envisaged to impart to our students, which I feel would be of huge benefit to your organization.
I also looked after the financial management of the school which is an added benefit to my candidature.
Playing the role of a mentor has made me capable of handling a situation with patience and perseverance, which also is an added virtue to my profile.
My past experience and skills make me an ideal candidate for this position in your organization.”
Possible Answer 9:
An answer fit for a professional with around 5 years of experience
“I am a person with experience in varied types of writing.
I have on my sleeves the expertise of writing for a news magazine, creating content for the web and editing of documents for the study abroad industry.
I have been able to gain versatility in the sphere of writing and this definitely is a boon for my profile and a company like yours which values creativity.
I have read your company’s blogs and they clearly resonate with my style of writing, which is very well apparent by the written test I have taken.
Given my flair for creative writing and my intensive experience in the content industry, I feel that I am an apt candidate for this role.”
Possible Answer 10:
An HR person’s take on the question
“Being an HR personnel for the past 3 years has gained me expertise in delivering training, organizing learning modules, presenting concepts and instructional activities.
It has also enabled me to maintain a close contact with professionals in other departments as well, which has led me to develop a birds-eye view of an organization taking my knowledge to the next level.
From my personal understanding of your company, the HR department plays a major role in the system of things and my 3-year experience as an HR professional will certainly allow me to leverage my skills and experiences at your esteemed organization.”
Possible Answer 11:
How a person with a sales profile would possibly answer the question ‘Why Should I Hire You’
“As a Sales Supervisor of a 5-member team, I have managed to create a network of distributors and retailers, a network I will bring to your organization if hired.
Also, I bring along a vast experience in the Sales industry, which would benefit the department as a whole.
Thus, my qualification and background as a reliable resource to my past company make me a suitable candidate for the position of a Sales Manager at your reputed firm.”
Possible Answer 12:
This is how a counsellor can answer ‘Why Should I Hire You’
“My job as a study abroad counsellor has allowed me to work with various students belonging to varied backgrounds aspiring to seek admission in varied countries.
This has allowed me to gain extensive knowledge about different countries and their academic experience and exposure they provide to the students.
This, I feel is the main requirement of the job description and thus I also feel that I perfectly fit this role.”
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So there you are!
All these sample answers will be of much use when you face this tricky interview question “Why should I hire you”.
Turn your answer into a confident 2-minute-long speech.
The idea is to practice, rehearse and research.
Do a thorough research on the company beforehand, read your job description well and rock it on the big day!
All the best!