“Why Should We Hire You?” Before and After Answers to this Job Interview Question

WhyHireYouCollageThis week, the interview question was, “Why should we hire you?”  It’s a commonly-asked job interview question, but one that takes people by surprise.  

In this spontaneous answer, the interviewee names specific experiences that qualify her for the job.


But this answer is all about her and limited to her teaching experience. Watch the “after” answer to see how it’s really done!


In this “after” answer, the candidate:

 1) makes the answer about them–the employer. What do they need? What do you know about them?

2) explains how she meets their needs. She talks much more broadly than just about her teaching experience and includes her international experience, her high comfort level with travel, and her teaching experience–always connecting it back to their needs.  

Do you need help shaping your answers to commonly-asked job interview questions?  Contact me: darcylear@gmail.com

2009 Head ShotDarcy Lear is a career coach specializing in job search documents, professional school applications, and interview preparation. For one-on-one support in preparing for your job search or to set up a campus workshop, contact Darcy: darcylear@gmail.com
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1 Response to “Why Should We Hire You?” Before and After Answers to this Job Interview Question

  1. raymcnerney says:

    Any question asked in a job interview, it’s actually a subquestion of “Why should we hire you?“. No matter what an interviewer asks, an applicant always has to have that question too in their mind.

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