Three Reasons Why A Company Should Hire You
Interviews can be anxiety-inducing for even the most experienced professional. In your pre-interview preparation, you may be thinking of what questions you should ask, researching the company and people you will be talking to, and how you should answer common interview questions, even the frustrating ones. But one question might throw you off, even though it is often one of the most straightforward.
An example of this type of question, and an interviewer favorite, is “Why should we hire you?” In an article for CNBC Make It, contributor Suzy Welch warns job seekers to be wary of falling into the trap of this question. She says, “You better be prepared to hit three targets in a row, because if you don’t, the next well-prepared candidate for the job will.”
“You should hire me because I have the skills, values and desire to deliver results from day one.”
Welch has three steps you need to take to amplify the above statement.
Highlight Your Skills
More often than not, a job description will show specific skills that the company is looking for in an ideal candidate. While you do not necessarily need to be a master at all the listed skills, having a base level knowledge is recommended.
When it comes to the interview, you need to be able to describe how the skills you currently have are transferable and applicable to this new opportunity. You are essentially pitching that you’re a “perfect fit” for the role. According to Welch, “The key here is to be as specific as possible. With your particular capabilities and experiences, you are the puzzle piece the hiring company is looking for.”
Demonstrate Your Values
In your pre-interview research, you will likely get an idea of what the company’s values and mission are. If your personal values do not align with those of the company, you can get a good idea of whether or not you will fit in the organization. After all, an interview is not only for the company to get an idea of whether or not they want to hire you, but also for you to determine whether or not you want to work there.
If your values do indeed align, now is the time to show the company. Welch says that you will stand out from the crowd if you have a story to demonstrate your shared values in action.
Tell Them How Much You Want The Job
If you’ve progressed through the various interview stages and you DON’T want the job, you’re just wasting time for all parties involved. This could not only burn bridges and any future hopes of working with the company, but also black ball you in the industry. More often than not, you probably want the job if you’ve accepted multiple interviews.
If this is the case, it is perfectly acceptable to stress that you want the job. While it might feel awkward, it is good to be transparent and honest with the interviewer. If there is any hesitation on their end as to whether or not you actually want the position, chances are you will get passed over for someone they think wanted it more. According to Welch, “Job hunting is an awkward and vulnerable experience, and having the poise and self-confidence to reveal your beating heart of desire to a prospective employer is amazingly powerful.”
As mentioned, interviews are an anxiety-inducing and often stressful experience. Throughout the conversation you are going to get asked a variety of questions. At some point during the process you are sure to get asked why you want the job. Instead of freezing up at this straightforward question, reflect on your preparation and answer it using these three steps. Also don’t forget to follow up after the interview if you truly want the job!