Tuesday, April 6, 2010

How do you answer the question: "Why should I hire you?"

Given the current economic situation, there are many job applicants looking for jobs. Some will quote the statistic that there are 6 people applying for every one job opening. When you get to the interview stage, are you ready to answer the question: "Why should I hire you?"
  • Can you provide a response that goes beyond the typical "generic" answer that you might read from a book or a website?
  • Will your response persuade the hiring manager that you are the ideal candidate?
  • Do you have a way to back up your reply with solid evidence?
  • Are you prepared for the follow-up question that may be, "Give me 3 reasons why I should NOT hire you?"
It's a tough job market out there, but persistence can pay off. I know several people who are actively searching for jobs and they've been able to get several interviews already. You must be ready to tackle each interview and  mentally prepare for the next one so that you can shine. If you're getting interviews but you're not getting any job offers, you may benefit from some career coaching. Perhaps your interview skills need to be honed. Maybe you need some constructive feedback on your interviewing style.  Perhaps you need to modify your responses to be more targeted and precise. Maybe you need to exude more confidence. Learn more about the career coaching services offered on NonClinicalJobs.com.

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