Why Should We Hire You? Interview Question
The interview may be going well, you have dodged some questions you thought may have tripped you up and you have the interviewer eating out of the palm of your hand. They appear impressed by your qualifications and experience, and the interview itself is about to be wrapped up. Then as a final question the interviewer throws this curve ball in your direction. If you are prepared for it, you will most likely take it in your stride. If not, this could set you off into a mumbling and bumbling end to what was a fairly stress free and successful interview.
The idea behind this question is that you will have spent so much time focussing on swatting up on the company, you will have paid an inadequate amount of time to having answers prepared about your most valuable asset. Yourself.
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Although this question may seem to be a difficult one to tackle. In truth, you will have already answered this question, in bits throughout the interview. Now you simply need to gather in the fragments and give them a structure before confidently delivering your answer.
You should start by structuring your response to highlight how you meet the requirements of the job. You can add in some key characteristics you believe they are looking for and then we should be getting towards a strong answer. This is an opportunity to blatantly advertise yourself, so leave out anything negative.
"I have spent the last 12 years working in the vibration analysis. I have achieved an NVQ level 3 in this field which exceeds your requirement for a level 2. My references show that I am hard working and a trustworthy and reliable individual who can work well alone or as part of team. In my last job the routines I set up on three production lines resulted in massive maintenance savings when compared with three lines at another branch. These savings have shown the importance of non destructive examination and I am considered a leader in this industry."
As long as you rehearse your own tailored answer, you should have no problem delivering a well structured and confident answer to what can be an awkward question.
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