Deniz Sasal (Executive MBA, 2013) currently works for PwC Consulting, and has started his own careers blog that will “share valuable insider information that most hiring managers wouldn’t share”.
We have been allowed to publish extracts from the blog. You can read more on thecareermastery.com.
How To Answer: Why Should We Hire You?
Well, to start with; nobody is going to ask you “why should we hire you” if you do a great job in the interview with your answers and implant your messages of why you are the best candidate.
They won’t have the need to ask you that. A hiring manager will not waste his time asking that question if you already made him feel that you are the right candidate.
But, let’s say the hiring manager isn’t convinced and he still asks that question directly. No problem! At the end of this guide, you will be a lot better equipped to have an amazing answer for it.
First things first, let me introduce myself. I am Deniz Sasal. I am a manager with PwC Consulting in our strategy consulting business unit. I am also the creator of Landing Interviews Guaranteed and The Career Mastery. I am an MBA from Cass Business School of City University London and I also hold various professional certificates, such as; PMP, PMI-RMP, CMA, etc. I launched The Career Mastery blog as a side project in 2016. I wanted to help fresh graduates find better jobs with large multinational employers and management consultancies. See, I join a lot of interviews as a hiring manager. One thing I noticed very clearly is that today’s job applicants are extremely mislead… There is so much BS advice given to you from completely unqualified non-achievers who somehow have the audacity to teach you… As a result, you are wasting so much valuable time post graduation and most of the time ending up settling for sub-par employers. Long story short, if you stick with me, I will provide you with the best advise, insider tips, and tricks to increase your chances to get jobs with multinationals.
Anyway, in this article, I’d like to present you a different answer to when you are asked “why should we hire you”, one that will most probably increase your chances by a significant margin. I will also let you in on some of the insider tips and perspectives.
Time to look at the fundamentals. What are you trying to accomplish when asked this question? You are simply trying to convince them that:
– You will fit in well with the organization culture
– You possess all the skills and experiences required
– Hiring you will make them look smart
– You can deliver great results
So far so good?
Now, let’s look at the requirements of this role. To do that, take a look at the job description again. And take out;
– What skills are required in the job description?
– What experience are they looking for?
To establish this outcome, the tools available to you are:
– Your industry experience
– Hard and soft skills
– Your main accomplishments
– Your education
Now, we got the fundamentals out of the way, let’s get into more advanced stuff. It’s time to start our analysis and recommendations. You probably fit one of the 2 categories below:
1) Are you an experienced hire with years of experience and you are joining the firm to solve a particular problem?
2) Are you a fresh graduate or have minimal years of experience?