Why should we hire you?

Philippines
July 26, 2010 10:01am CST
I often heard my collegues talking about job interviews. They were quoting lines on some of the interview questions they are asked of and what are their answers. I was surprised to find out that they have the same fear for this most important job interview question without them knowing that this question took me by surprise when i was just applying for my previous position in our organization. How about you? If you are asked with "WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?" I can't fully remember what i've said during that interview.
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@ptower76 (1619)
• United States
26 Jul 10
I have negotiated that question on more than one occasion with mixed results. I would have to say that they want to know why you are qualified and what will you do for them that the 50+ job seekers outside will not. I think its a legitimate question. I would answer like this; 1st of all, my education and experience qualifies me for the position 2nd, I am a honest, motivated, and dedicated person that works well with others and learns quickly. Finally, my references can attest that my knowledge, skills, and attitude will be an asset to your organization if i am hired. This worked at my last interview and have been employed with them for the last 8 years.
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
This is one straight to the point answer ptower. Wish i have the same reasoning as yours. I can see how you quickly go up the ladder in your workplace.
@ptower76 (1619)
• United States
27 Jul 10
That is a good observation on your part, the answer should be straight and to the point and not seem if you have to think about. More than anything confidence in yourself is reflected outwardly and potential employers want to feel confidence in the person they hire.
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
I guess confidence is what i have to work out. It doesnt mean that i dont have confidence in me but everytime i have to talk formally in front of the other person, i am nervous. Once i've got that i forgot everything that's on my mind. :D
27 Jul 10
Because I am confident and competent enough to have the job on my ability to do and willing to worked over time and to do training as company needed me.Surprising words that will come out when you are having that kind of interviews.Whew! sweating! everything under. ha ha ha!
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
hehehehehe i agree with the sweating part. I have my share on that.
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
I remember answering this question I guess twice in my career life. And I remeber always answering this question with a smile and confidence. I CAN DEAL WITH PRESSURE AND MEAN PEOPLE IN THE WORKPLACE other than I can deliver the job competently. Of course, this confidence is boosted because of my resume. Not really very impressive but at least I have things to offer that the employers are looking for for their employees.:-)
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
:D Pressure can be dealt with by almost all employees but i wonder how you dealt with mean people in your workplace :D How did you do that? The one person who is so mean here is of higher rank though no direct supervision to us not even to our direct supervisor but is a kin of the directors :) so we just keep quite sometimes smile to her meanness we get used to it anyway.
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
I would highlight my skills, years of work experiences, certifications and qualities needed for the job i applied for. I will also provide concrete examples on each, which will serve as proof that I'm not bragging nor boasting. As an added pointer,always do a research first on the qualities and skills required for the job before your interview.
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
Nice msdyulyet!Research on qualities and skills required are good points to remember. Experiences and cerifications are added points or sometimes the most required in some jhob aplications. What if this will be your first job interview?
@ausgc21 (340)
• Australia
27 Jul 10
I've recently got a new job, but that's kinda thing you would write on your cover letter. Whenever I was asked that question at an interview, I basically repeated what I've wrote on the cover letter - what skills I've got, what kinda person I am, and how that fit into their company. Its not as harsh as it sounds. G'luk!
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
Sometimes interviewers are tricky that even they have found it in our cover letter they have to ask it again just to find out if you really know what you are writing. I mean that's one way of finding out if you write something you are not in your cover letter and resume.
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@ANIME123 (2473)
• United States
26 Jul 10
Well that question is actually not so hard you just respond like well if you hire me I will work very hard and I will never be late and you will not be dissapointed pretty much. I do not like interviews though I actually dread them, but then again it's always never a good idea to go and lie because you might get fired for lying you know. Even if you don't like a job it's always best to give it 100% of effort and always be on time.
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
Just like me i dreaded interviews but if we really need to have a job we have to undergo this process.
@mrcol1010 (209)
• United States
26 Jul 10
I say id be a great asset to your company. I am loyal, hard working, i have a friendly face, and i am willig to work overtime for my normal pay instead of the addition 50% increase (which is the standard rate for working overtime here in Arizona). ;D
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
:D over working hours are not counted in my workplace not unless your direct supervises told you to do so. But of course with the HR approval. Nice attitude mrcol.
@ashton77 (292)
• India
26 Jul 10
You should hire me because I believe, I have got what it takes for me to work in your esteem company and you can be assured that you won't regret for the decision you made. Maybe your friends can say this. This questions are tricky. The interviewers will be asking this question just to know what are you going to say apart from all the strengths that you mentioned on the first place.
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
Hmmmm... very nice answer. I guess so that's one of their trick to see how quick and consistent you are.
@bubulizzz (507)
• Latvia
26 Jul 10
I would say: this is my specialty and I love what I do! I am perfectionist and like that every thing is done perfectly as possible. I am very diligent and learn fast every new thing which could increase my job quality. Also I am very communicative, I can easily to talk with every kind of person - both lower society class and intelligent society rank. If you will hire me, you will get not only worker, who very carefully do his work, but also the person, who does his job not because money he could earn, but because he loves what he do!
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
Hi bubulizz, thats' true loving what you are doing will make the everyday task more manageable.
@liaamur (420)
• Philippines
26 Jul 10
Hello bluerain, this is, indeed, the dreaded interview question. what i usually teach my students about this interview question is that they be more interesting--every question is an opportunity to show that you are interesting, while selling yourself at the same time. start with a direct answer, maybe one or two qualities that you have. then elaborate with a (very) short story, in order to prove that you have been that kind of person before and will most likely be the same kind of person in the future, when working for their company. then end with a relationship between that quality and the company's goals. i wish you and your friends the best. happy mylotting ^_^
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
Yes liaamur this the question i moset dreaded. You are a good teacher that you equipped your students with such interviews question to get them ready
@Suke002 (311)
• United States
26 Jul 10
I'd say because I honestly need to get a start in life and start making money for myself (I've never had a job before and I'm starting college soon). I would name my good qualities over again and provide examples of how I could be a benefit to the company. I don't think it would do much good, but that's all I would know what to say to that question.
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
Very interesting suke. Naming good qualities will show how confident you are and thats one quality the future employer are looking for. But be careful not to get carried away by praising yourself. Goodluck!
• United States
26 Jul 10
I just say if you want someone who's going to be a good worker, show up on time, and willing to help out, you found him =D
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
that should be the best attitude wickedspies. Interviewers dont like to wait for you.
• India
28 Jan 11
Hello Blue Hello, I have retired as Professor after teaching for 45 years. But if I apply, I would say, you should hire me because I believe, I have got what it takes for me to work in your reputed company and you can be 100% assured that you will never regret for the decision you made. Thank you so much for this discussion. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead.
@Lotswits (176)
• Hong Kong
27 Jul 10
I am willing to work, and I'll learn fast. I can work over time, and I can deal with the prssure in the workplace. I have both the relevant experience and the qualification for me to work for your company. I am young and I'll not complanit how much the salary will be. I can work well with my colleagues, and I'll do exactly what the boss tell me to do. I will take part in some course to add value myself, and also the company if I am hired.
@hanagi (391)
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
why should we hire you is easier to answer than being asked why we should not hire you. I had that surprise question and I got black out thinking why I should not be hired. Then when I came back to my senses, I answered that there is no reason why they should not hire me.