Answers to "why should we hire you?" question

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Hey guys,

In a few interviews I've been asked "why should we hire you?" or "what distinguishes you from the other applicants?" They're tough questions but also pretty fair since they're getting at what's really the point of the interview to begin with. Obviously, answers will vary tremendously person-to-person, but I'm curious how other people have answered.

Thanks

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Oct 25, 2017

The key to this question is knowing deeply who you are and what value you bring to the table, and just as importantly, knowing who the other person is across the table and what they / their team / their firm needs.

So many candidates end up giving the same staple answer about their individual strengths, without tying them into the specific role for which they're interviewing. Think about what you have learned from informational interviews and craft a story that is truthful and specific.

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Oct 25, 2017

Wrote a 16 page paper on why Afghanistan is a sh!thole and why Singapore is an awesome utopia. Got an award. If I can write a 16 page paper on such a boring subject - I can show stamina and effort for this firm/company.

D.I.

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Oct 25, 2017

If you wrote a 16 page paper on the reverse... you've got a job in sell-side M&A!

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Oct 27, 2017
Synergy_or_Syzygy:

If you wrote a 16 page paper on the reverse... you've got a job in sell-side M&A!

You mean rx

Oct 27, 2017

Yes, but that also shows your complete lack of ability to prioritize. You could have gotten answer in about 10 seconds by turning to any vet on your team and asking "Would you say Afghanistan was a shithole"?

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Oct 25, 2017

"I mean, you don't really have to. But it'd be nice if you did."

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Nov 3, 2017

Going through FT recruiting now. Don't know whether to laugh or cry about how true this is.

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Oct 28, 2017

Very good question.
You should always prepare the answer to this prior to the interview. The answer should be based on the job description, the company and your professional portfolio.
Your answer must highlight or touch on the following -
1. Your strengths and competency in the responsibilities described in the role (skills & achievements from past experiences)
2. Your interests in working for a similar role, company, industry (and even the city!)
3. Your development by working in the position
4. Some social points about yourself - give it a human touch - for example, you can say you are delighted to talk to the recruiter and based on your research about the company, the organizational environment will be a great place for you to perform well in challenging situations.

The idea is to make it seem like a mixture of both -
1. The development of the company at your hands
2. Your development by working for the company

Why is it so? Because it seems honest, and at the same time is completely rational and a win-win situation for both.
Do not hesitate to customize based on the specific case.

All the best!
Aishwarya Pandey
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Oct 26, 2017

spin it back at them:
interviewer: "why should we hire you?"
you: "why shouldn't you hire me?"

then in two weeks we'll see interviewer asking WSO forums: "How do I respond to "why shouldn't you hire me?" question from interviewee??"

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Nov 4, 2017
AndyLouis:

spin it back at them:
interviewer: "why should we hire you?"
you: "why shouldn't you hire me?"

then in two weeks we'll see interviewer asking WSO forums: "How do I respond to "why shouldn't you hire me?" question from interviewee??"

Many interviewers might take it as a sign of arrogance and over-confidence. It does depend on the specific recruiter but nevertheless, the chances are high. Even the best of the candidates might lose out with such a reply.

A recruiter's personal rapport with the candidate does have an immense impact on the hiring process.

Aishwarya Pandey

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Oct 30, 2017

Your email address is your username ?

"The markets are always changing , and they are always the same."

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Nov 2, 2017

(@AishwaryaPandey ) LOL I see you understand sarcasm well

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Nov 2, 2017

If you're going to try to promote your business on this forum, could you at least be genuine and not post some promotional crap in response to something that was clearly a joke?

Nov 2, 2017

@AndyLouis I dont know which of these ridiculous drones MS'd you, but shame on them.

Oct 26, 2017

"My other option I have on the table is to be the commander of the North Korean missile fleet and I remember my enemies."

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Oct 26, 2017

This summer the interviewer asked 'why should I hire you' and I said 'why shouldn't you hire me'.

It was a bit arrogant and caught him off guard (there was another mgr in room as well). But, he reacted quickly.

He listed all my weaknesses and I rebutted them one by one. I eventually received an offer (that was 3rd interview), but I chose a different company.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Oct 27, 2017

Gratz then. Sometimes a high risk, high reward option pays off.

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Nov 4, 2017

Yes but apparently this "sarcastic joke" was the best response to the question on this thread.

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Nov 4, 2017
AishwaryaPandey:

Yes but apparently this "sarcastic joke" was the best response to the question on this thread.

I wasn't being sarcastic.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Oct 27, 2017

I had an interview wayyy back for junior fx trader at a firm that was a player at the time. The 2 guys who interviewed me were about 20years older, bsd's and well known in the mkt. I shared my experience, qualities to recommend myself and market knowledge. They were slouched back looking hungover.
They said, all our candidates are fast, smart and aggressive. Why should we hire you. The thing that leapt to mind was "I can introduce you to a load of young chicks". It is to my eternal regret that I froze and waffled a generic answer.
Needless to say, they didn't call me.

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Oct 27, 2017

I swear to christ everyone on this website is autistic. This is your chance to bust out some acting chops and tell them something honest about yourself. You know my answer when they asked where I saw myself in 5 years?

"I don't know. And I guess that's why I'm applying to be an IB analyst. Because when I figure that out, I'll be in the best position to get there."

Stop being such retards and just tell them who you are. Why should you hire me? Because I got my first job at 13, and I've learned how to work my ass off since I was a kid. I don'e care if it's true or not. Grow a pair, make them feel something about you and answer the question they're asking.

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Oct 27, 2017

Interviewing is like dating. It's more about chemistry and whether they overall like you vs. exact answers.

Oct 27, 2017

A lot of people get it wrong thinking they're being asked to prove that they've got the skill. Look, if we're talking to you we already know you have the skillset we're looking for. This is why we're speaking to you and not hundreds of other candidates. This applies to video interviews as well. Profiles are filtered for skill and background first and then the "personals" come into play.

The literal translation of "why should we hire you" is "are you going to be interesting for us to work with". This is your chance to deliver something like "I've lived on five continents, so I've got a ton of unique cultural perspectives," or "I've climbed x amount of mountains so I understand the meaning of challenge and stamina". Just enough interesting personal info on yourself to wet the team's appetite to want to make them wanting to come for more.

Everybody's wrongly flaunting their skillsets (shared by all qualified candidates) while what you should be doing is delivering "the hook".

My suggestion is to orient yourself on the "cultural" experiences. If you didn't travel much you can play "I've met a lot of people from Asia, Latin America, etc. so I've come to know a lot of interesting stories and perspectives which I can bring to your team".

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Oct 28, 2017

"Because you need an excel monkey who is willing to put up with a ridiculously demanding job and I am hungry and ambitious enough to do what is asked of me, keep my mouth shut and come back for more in the hopes of learning something and paying off my student loans. Not to mention drive an S65 AMG, wear a 5K suit, a 50K watch and have a 10k a night call girl as my arm candy when I attend my 10 year high school reunion."

If that doesn't convince them you mean business, I don't know what will. ;)

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Nov 3, 2017

"Isn't that what we have this entire meeting to discuss?"

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