We’re all familiar with the excitement of hearing back from a potential employer after applying for a job. You spend time updating your CV and writing out the perfect cover letter, to be rewarded with an interview. For some people this is when the fear sets in, as they begin to panic about whether they’ll make a good impression and say the right things.
The exact nature of the questions asked in an interview will depend on the position you’re applying for but there is one that seems to always come up; ‘why should we hire you?’ This is the type of question that can make your mind go blank instantly, leaving you speechless. We’ve put together a few suggestions that will help you figure out the best way to answer the next time it crops up, regardless of the position you’re applying for.
Point out your skills
If you know that you have the skills to do the job, don’t be afraid to let your interviewer know it. Look at the job requirements on the application and make a mental note of them before the interview. Explain that you feel confident taking on the job roll and outline the skills you have that make you ideal for the job. Don’t over-exaggerate and pretend to be more qualified than you are but give good examples of the skills you can bring to the company.
Everyone has different qualities that make them unique, so use that to your advantage. If you are good at interacting with people then point out how that will allow you to easily fit in at the company and create friendships with other employees. Look at the type of roll you’re applying for and think of how you can describe your personal qualities in a way that makes you look like a suitable candidate.
Ask and listen
If you really want to make a good impression then try to listen for gaps or problems in the company that you can help solve. Don’t be afraid to ask your interviewer questions about the company. For example you might ask about potential difficulties within the role you’re applying for. Listen carefully for anything you can bring up later. It may be a specific technical problem related to the role, or an issue with demanding working hours. When you are asked the dreaded question, point out these things and the ways in which you will tackle them.
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This article originally appeared in MentorEU.