“Why should you be hired?” The dreaded interview question right behind “Tell me about yourself”. If you are unable to confidently answer why you should be hired, then an employer certainly will not know either.
Employers seek confidence supported by tangible evidence answering why you are the best candidate for any given position. Often times, interviewees come down with a dangerous case of timidity and humility during interviews which results in disaster almost every time. The source of your job search marketing campaign is you and employers look to you for confident answers to their questions. Balance that humility with confidence. As you plan for your next interview, take an inventory of your approach to answering questions. Humility is highly admired, but do not portray yourself as overly humble at the risk of showing lack of confidence and ability to succeed in the prospective position.
When responding to why you should be hired, delete the following from your answer:
1. I feel, I believe, I think: If you are not confident in your ability to succeed, then the interviewer most certainly will not. Ask yourself this question: How would you feel if a surgeon told you he felt like he could remove your appendix? Know what you can do. Be confident in your ability.
2. To gain experience: Employers do not hire to just give people experience. Employers hire employees who can deliver positive results. You should be hired because of what you can do not because of what you want to receive.
3. You want to see if you will like the career: Once again, employers hire people who can deliver results. You may not have direct experience in a given career, but you do have skills. Identify the transferable skills from your past and confidently connect your past success into your future success.
Always show confidence in what you know you can do coupled with the humility of what you seek to learn. Be a solution.