Why should we hire you?

Introduction  #

One of the key interview questions that hiring managers or recruiters love asking is “Why Should We Hire You.” Recruiters need to be sure that they are not making a wrong hiring decision. To land a Monitoring and Evaluation job in today’s highly competitive and saturated job market, your response to the question needs to be top-notch. 

In this guide, you will learn how to answer the question “Why Should We Hire You” properly. You will also learn what not to say in your responses during an interview session. We have included a sample answer to inspire you.

Let’s get started!

How to Answer The Question Why Should We Hire You?  #

Here’s the best way to answer the question “Why Should We Hire You.”

1. Prove to the recruiters that you have the relevant expertise to deliver great results. #

When responding to this interview question, you need to prove to the hiring manager that you have the relevant expertise and skills to deliver great results. You may not know what other candidates will say; therefore, you need to emphasize your skills, professional achievements, work experience, talents, as well as strengths, because these are the fundamental things that are needed to get things done in any organization.

2. Explain that you’d be a great addition to the team. #

Proof to the hiring manager that you have the professional traits and corresponding personal abilities that will make you a great addition to the company. Research the company’s culture, goals, mission, and vision, and let that form your basis on how you intend to solve challenges in the company.

3. Highlight how hiring you will help them achieve more #

Companies do not just roll out job postings for the fun of it: they have a need that they want to fill. So, it’s now left for you to sell yourself. You can sell yourself by highlighting in your response how the company will benefit from you and how you intend to help them achieve more in less time. You can use your previous workplace experience to nail this point. 

4. Always speak honestly #

Honesty can take you to a place where your academic qualifications and professional work experience may not take you to. In your responses, it is better to only speak the truth about yourself, your previous workplace, and your academic qualifications. In other words, if you lie in any of your responses, chances are that you won’t make it far in your career. Study shows that today’s hiring manager often ask follow-up questions to check or ascertain whether you are consistent in your responses. They also ask follow-up questions to determine whether your responses are in line with what is written on your CV.

Sample Answer On Why Should We Hire You #

“Thank you for the opportunity. Since I was a kid up till I gained admission to the university to study Monitoring and Evaluation, I have always had interest in working in the M & E industry. Your job posting for the position of an evaluator resonated with me so much since I have previously worked in a similar firm where I led a team of 5 to grow the company’s earnings by 10 percent. If given the opportunity to be part of your team, I can replicate what I did in my previous company and even do more. I recently completed a certification course on Qualitative and Quantitative data, and I believe the knowledge I garnered from the course will help me contribute positively to the growth of your company.”

In the response above, you will notice that the response has convinced the interviewers that the applicant will be a great addition to their company. You also notice that the applicant has been able to highlight a specific course to help solve challenges and problems that may arise in the course of the company’s operations.

How Not to Answer Why Should We Hire You? #

There are ways you answer the question “Why Should We Hire You” and you put yourself into troubles with the hiring manager. Some areas you should avoid in your response to the question are:

1. Money #

When responding to the question, don’t lay too much emphasis on money. We understand that money is important, especially in our welfare and personal development, but focusing on money will flag you as someone that’s too desperate. After all, the major reason for wanting to be hired is to make money to take care of yourself and family members. Hiring managers also know this, and that’s why you shouldn’t mention the issue of money in your response. 

2. Perks #

Do not give recruiters the impression that you are only interested in the company because of the perks you will enjoy. This is also similar to the point about money. Your best bet is to leave out responses involving money and perks.

3. Desperation #

We understand that you need the job to enable you to pay your mortgage or take care of your family, but don’t show desperation in your response. Recruiters or hiring managers detest it when candidates are desperate for a job.

Key Takeaway #

To land your dream job, one of the things you need to do is to learn how to respond to the question “Why Should We Hire You.” The truth is that interviewers or hiring managers are trained to recognize candidates with great potential and that will be a great fit to their team; hence, you need to sell yourself to the hiring manager by convincing them that you will be a great addition to their company. You also need to convince the recruiter that you have the requisite expertise and skills to solve challenges and problems that may arise in the course of the company’s operations.

You can do that by:

  • Being honest: Honesty is a virtue that not many people can boast of. While you skip answers that relate to personal interests and money, you should strive to always remain truthful in all your responses because if the recruiter finds any of your claims to be false, you will surely end up in their bad books.
  • Doing Research About the Company: Another way to convince recruiters that you are the perfect candidate for the job is to research about the company’s products or services. Researching about the company may give you an idea of how to restructure the answer, and that is exactly what the recruiter wants to hear from the ideal candidate.
  • Conveying healthy enthusiasm. Don’t just tell them you’re excited. Make them feel how excited you are with relevant adjectives, verbs, and tone of voice. But don’t exaggerate.
  • Lastly, before you head out to attend an interview session for the position of an evaluator, you need to fully prepare yourself to respond to the question “Why Should We Hire You.” You can’t just come up with any answer without any forms of preparation..

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We wish you good luck in your interview!