Why should we hire you, and not one of the other applicants?


Nice store buildingThere are many applicants for every single job opening in retail. Interviewers do not have an easy task in choosing the best person, since most candidates have similar background.

You can try to make a difference, following advice from this website, and giving good answers to their questions. But you should also count with a possibility that at least few other candidates will do the same!

Many job seekers actually use one of the following answers to the “why should we hire you” question:

  • Because I am the best candidate for the job. (How can you know? Have you met the other candidates? How can you tell that you are the best one?)
  • Because I need this job desperately. I have four kids to feed. (Many of us face difficult situation in life. However, interviewers are not interested in your personal problems…. They are not going to give you a job just because you desperately need one.)
  • I do not know why you should hire me. (If you do not know, how can they find it out? You should have some confidence in an interview, and you should be able to find a reason why it is a good idea to choose you, and not another applicant. Please, keep it on your mind)

Right answer

As you can see, there are many common bad answers to this particular question. But how to do it the right way?

You should identify some value you can bring to the company. Try to find something that makes you unique. I know it is not easy. But if you think about it for long enough, or if you ask some friends, they should be able to tell you what makes you unique, and simply marvelous :). In an ideal case, it should be something realted to retail. I add a few simple answers for your inspiration.

Retail interview- female candidate is answering a questionPeople say it is a pleasure to spend time with me. I make other people feel good on the workplace, and with my strong motivation to work hard, I believe to be a good role model for the others. Not many people have this attitude in work, speaking from my experience. Therefore I believe you should hire me.

Honestly, I have not met other applicants, so I do not know anything about their qualities. But what speaks for me is definitely ten years of experience in this field. I know how to deal with all kinds of customers and situations.

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