Why Should We Hire You? – [3 Perfect Example Answers]

By Mike Simpson

You’re funny. You’re smart. You’re a hard worker.

You’re a multi-lingual, multi-talented, able to juggle-ten-things-at-one-time, never-gets-tired, won’t-back-down-from-a-challenge, outside of the box thinker who is ready to tackle the world. When it comes down to it, you’re the best person you know.

So why is it when an employer asks you in the middle of an interview “Why should we hire you?” you suddenly go all deer-in-the-headlights and blank?

Don’t worry. We all do.

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That’s the joys of being put on the spot and asked to answer a question that can easily put a less prepared person into dangerous waters.

How do you answer it in a confident way without sounding conceited, cocky, or too self-assured?

On the flip side, how do you answer it without going too far in the opposite direction and coming off as wishy-washy, weak or indecisive, or worse…begging?

Ugh, this is a tough one!

Luckily, it’s one you can plan for ahead of time which means when you suddenly find yourself on the spot you can answer with something more intelligent than Uh, because I’m totally unemployed and sorta desperate at this moment which means my standards for what I’ll do for money are pretty low and flexible right now, including working for you.

Not the answer they’re looking for.

First off, why is this even a question you should answer during an interview? Why are they asking this? Haven’t we moved past this in 2017?

No, they’re not trying to be difficult, or give you an opening line to try out your best sarcastic zinger (again, try to avoid the answer “Because I’m totally awesome,” or any variation of that theme.), they’re looking to see if you have what it takes to prove to them that you honestly know what it takes to be a good fit for the position and that you posses the skills they’re looking for.

This is why hiring managers continue to ask this question… yes, EVEN in 2017. The reality is, this question isn’t going anywhere, because the theme of the question (or more importantly, the answer to the question) will always be of interest to the person doing the hiring.

What value do you add?

What are you bringing to the table that the other candidates aren’t?

What is it about you that will enhance your team? This company? Our brand?

These are all somewhat covered in the question “Why should we hire you?”, and you need to be prepared to give an answer that reflects them all.

Having said that, job seekers who aren’t prepared for this question often find themselves falling into two camps, the cocky roosters or the whining sheep.

The “Cocky Roosters” are the ones that answer with things like “Because I’m amazing at what I do and every day I’ll put in 110% and I’m better than any other person you’ve seen today or will ever see again…and let’s be honest, hiring me is just going to make you look even more awesome than you already are because clearly, you recognize true talent” (Points to self.)

Ew.

Another thing the cocky rooster does is oversell themselves. Don’t misrepresent yourself or pump up your experiences or qualifications just to impress your interviewer. Not only will the truth eventually come out, but you risk being fired for false representation.

The “Whiny Sheep” are the ones that channel Woody Allen and grovel their way through this question. “Uh, well, I guess because I’m smart and I work hard and I’m totally willing to do whatever you need and I love everything I’m going to do here and really really want to be a part of this company and…”

Again, ew. Enough with the desperation! Also avoid false modesty or being too self-deprecating. Nobody wants to hire someone they feel sorry for…

How To Answer “Why Should We Hire You/Why Should I Hire You?”

Here at Interview Guys Headquarters, we have a little phrase we like to use known as the “perfect candidate.”

What is a Perfect Candidate?

Every company or organization has a certain type of person in mind when it comes to the position they are interviewing for. This person will usually need to have one, two, or even more specific Qualities that the organization believes in or puts a lot of emphasis on.

When the organization is conducting interviews, they will normally select the person who best exemplifies the specific qualities they are looking for.

This person is their Perfect Candidate.

(For more information on the Perfect Candidate and to learn how to answer ANY interview question perfectly, be sure to check our our blog article Job Interview Questions and Answers 101!)

So what?

Well, this question is the perfect opportunity for you to pitch yourself one last time to your potential employer and reinforce the idea that you are the perfect candidate!

The perfect candidate doesn’t get cocky with this answer and they certainly don’t beg.

As the perfect candidate, you’ve already taken the time before the interview to research the position and figure out exactly what they’re looking for…and how you match up to those needs.

Okay so