Job Interview Question: Why Should We Hire You?

This is one of those broad questions that can take you down the wrong road unless you have done some thinking about what to say ahead of time. This question deals with your ability to sell yourself. Think of yourself as the product. Why should the customer buy?

Answers that WON'T WORK -

"Because I need a job." - This answer is about YOU - "they" want to know what you can do for "them."

"I am a hard worker." - This is a really trite answer - almost anyone can say he or she is a hard worker.

"I saw your ad and could do the job. - This answers lacks passion and purpose.

STRONGER ANSWERS that would get the interviewer's attention -

What Are Your Long Term Career Goals - Job Interview Question

This open-ended question, and others like; "Where do you see yourself in five years?" throw most candidates off balance. The object of the question is to check for your self-awareness and communication skills.

Dan Harrison is the staffing manager for Wesco Corporation and is about to interview three candidates for a project manager position. He is looking for someone with planning and long-range vision skills.

Phil Holmes describes his goal - "To be a Marketing Manager within five years, and have a hand picked team reporting to him."

This is a very specific and narrow goal, which may not be an option at this company. The "hand picked" team demonstrates a lack of flexibility. Best to stay away from too specific a goal.

Shawna Green answers - "I have been so busy with my responsibilities and achieving company goals, that I have not focused on personal long-term goals.

While a strong work ethic is certainly desirable, this answer does not demonstrate vision or planning.

Marsha Severson states- "I plan to return to school to earn my MBA, and have my own consulting business one day.

While it pays to be honest, this answer could turn the interview in the wrong direction very quickly. The employer is looking for someone to stick around for the long run, not to stop over on the way to a new career.

Example For Answering Job Interview Question: What Did You Like Least About Your Last Job?

This question is somewhat of a trap, because it asks for a negative answer. If you haven't given it some thought, you may blurt out something about your boss or the company, and talk yourself right out of a job. One of the purposes of the question is to find out if you are going to be satisfied in this job. If you were dissatisfied before, you may be dissatisfied again if the circumstances are similar.

Three candidates answers:

Roopal - "I didn't have enough challenges. After a while, all the projects became repetitive and the same. I thrive on challenge."

Interviewer's thoughts - "A lot of the tasks here are repetitive. What makes her think she will like it here any better? Will we be able to keep her challenged?"

Kevin - "Lack of stability. After three company acquisitions, I had five bosses in three years. I couldn't take it any longer. What I am looking for is stability in a job and company."

Interviewer's thoughts - "While our company is stable now, there are no guarantees about the future. This guy sounds like he may have some burn out and flexibility issues.

Barry - "In my last job, my boss was overbearing and wouldn't let me do my job. If she didn't like they way I was doing something she'd criticize me."

Interviewer's thoughts - "Could he work with me as a supervisor? How would he react if I had to critique his work? He sounds like he could be a problem to supervise."

What To Do When They Don't Call Back After Your Job Interview

Not getting a follow up call, as promised, happens more than you think. Candidates are sure that they are a shoe-in for the position, and expecting an offer, and then nothing. This is not only frustrating for the candidate, but reflects poorly on the company.

Expecting a call that doesn't come

Cheryl feels confident that she aced the interview, and has followed up with a dynamite thank you letter. She was told a decision would be made before the end of the week, and is almost sure she will be getting an offer. That was Tuesday, and by Friday she is having doubts. There has been no call from the company.

Does this mean she isn't going to get an offer? Should she call and ask, "What's up?" Should she just hang by her nails over the weekend?

What to do?

Cheryl decides to consults her cousin, Gloria, who is an HR manager at another company. Gloria tells her that she should call the interviewer and find out where she stands. She advises her to wait until Tuesday to call. (Mondays are always bad)