Career Tips: How to Answer “Why Should We Hire You?”

July 06, 2021

Career Tips: How to Answer “Why Should We Hire You?”

How is someone supposed to answer a question like this without sounding like they're bragging?

Here is our formula:

  1. Relevant hard skills
  2. Relevant soft skills
  3. The unique value you bring

What are some examples of each?

Hard Skills: As you can see on my resume, I have all of the hard skills you’re looking for in a candidate. I have 5 years of accounting experience, I know how to use Excel and Qlik Sense, and I have a degree in Finance.

Soft Skills: I’m a team player and I love to take initiative on projects. I am adaptable. I am a great communicator.

Unique Value: I’ve been following this company for a while and I know that you’re looking for someone who can really take ownership of this role. I have a handful of ideas that I think will help this company hit its financial goals faster and more efficiently.

Let’s Put it All Together:

“That’s a great question. As you can see on my resume, I have all of the hard skills you’re looking for in a candidate. I have 5 years of accounting experience, I know how to use Excel and Qlik Sense, and I have a degree in Finance. But I also have the soft skills that you need for this position. I’m a team player and I love to take initiative on projects. I am adaptable. I am a great communicator. I’ve been following this company for a while and I know that you’re looking for someone who can really take ownership of this role. I have a handful of ideas that I think will help this company hit its financial goals faster and more efficiently, and I would love the opportunity to share them with the team!”

Now, you try! If you want to run your answer by us, join us for our free Interview Workshops on the third Tuesday of each month at 10am. Sign up here