Why should we hire you?
Nicole Fornabaio /Rd.com, Shutterstock Because you’re awesome, right? Of course you are, but a few sentences isn’t going to cut it on this all-important question that hints to the root of the reason you’re sitting in a conference room, chatting with a stranger. Monster.com career expert Vicki Salemi says this is your opportunity to really prove your case, much like you might do if you were a lawyer defending a client. Facts, figures, growth, percentages, and other keywords that demonstrate your effectiveness will warm the thermometer in your direction. As an example for a sales professional, Salemi recommends a response along the lines of, “I’m the next best asset on your team because I’m a team leader. Last year my group boosted sales by 30 percent once I took the reins. I motivate, inspire, and lead by example. When I make a mistake, I’m transparent and admit it and also schedule office hours with my team, so they know they can easily get on my calendar.” If you struggle with singing your own praises, check out these tips for boosting self-confidence.
Why are you the best fit for this job?
Nicole Fornabaio /Rd.com, Shutterstock Here’s where you can talk more about your unique, impressive resumé as it relates to the job description you’ve got your eye on. As industrial-organizational psychology practitioner and workplace expert, Amy Cooper Hakim, Ph.D, explains, you want the interviewer to walk out of the meeting with you ready to make an offer because of the synergy and affinity they felt with you and your fit for the opportunity. “To prepare, study the job description for the position. Then, note how you specifically meet the requirements with regard to your knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics,” she explains. “If you are lacking in a particular area, emphasize how you are willing to learn and show how your skills and abilities will best help you to succeed on the job. It’s a good idea to share how you are not only a good fit for the job, but also for the team or organization.” Need some inspiration? Check out these tips from smart CEOs.