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Why should I hire you over my other top candidate?

1 of 17 Direct Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on March 23rd, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

Oh goodness, this kind of question can get your heart pounding if you are not fully prepared to make your case. Think of some unique and stand-out qualities that will stay with the interviewer, long after your interview. This reply is not the time or place to say that you pay keen attention to detail. Choose a specific skill that is a 'must-have' for the role, or focus on a pain point that you can solve by being hired. Rely on your past achievements to back up your reply. Make the interviewer feel as though they will not succeed without you!

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"You should hire me over your other top candidate because, in addition to being an expert level user in the specific SAP module used here, I also have recognition specifically for the cost savings I have uncovered for my current company. You mentioned that you are concerned about overspending. I will ease that concern for you in the first 30 days."

Admin
Answer example

"I AM your top candidate, and your obvious choice because of my ability to streamline your calendar and find new vendors with better pricing, within the first couple of weeks of employment. I am well-versed in supporting C-suite executives and know exactly how to jump into this role with minimal training which means less downtime for you."

Manager
Answer example

"You mentioned today that the biggest pain-point for your business is currently the bulkiness of some of your processes. Streamlining process is my forte. This stand-out skill is one of the reasons why my current company promoted me to management faster than anyone in their organization's history. I look forward to delivering the same results to your organization."

Marketing
Answer example

"In addition to meeting all of the must-have's for your role I also have an active social media following full of clients and followers that I can bring to your agency. I am an active vlogger on YouTube and a budding social influencer on LinkedIn. These days, effective marketing is all about social proof, and I have that."

Retail
Answer example

"You should hire me over your top candidate because I have the data and numbers to back up my statements. I have been retail salesperson of the month for the past nine months straight. This award is measured not only by sales targets but also customer satisfaction reviews. I will elevate the level of customer service here which you mentioned is an urgent need."

Sales
Answer example

"Sales is all about competition, winning, and results. I have brought with you my numbers from the past twelve months so that you can see I mean it when I say that I can perform a hard close, I negotiate well, and my customers come back again and again. I am ready to prove myself here."

Teacher
Answer example

"You should choose me for this role because I am already an active figure in this community. My children went to your school, and I have even been on the parents' association here. I am a major proponent of community development and fundraising. I can encourage more parent participation and community involvement, which are two areas you mentioned you needed to develop."

Medical Transcriptionist
Answer example

"I always enjoyed working with computers and computer programs. Even though I enjoyed reading about the human body and how it works, I wasn't sure if I would be comfortable working on the clinical side of the medical field. So, I decided to choose a career that gave me the opportunity to use my computer skills while contributing to the medical field at the same time."

Study Abroad Advisor
Answer example

"I noticed your company works with Chinese students who want to study overseas. I've lived and worked in China for 10 years and am experienced with helping them apply for schools abroad. I think I can bring a multicultural advantage to this organization."

Writer
Answer example

"When I need to decipher a credible source from a non-credible one, I will look at the type of publication first. If the source is a personal blog, I will take the time to dig deeper and find something from The New York Times or Business Insider, for instance. I am always open to finding new sources so, if there are any that you prefer to lean on, I would love to hear more."

Urologists
Answer example

"I would tell someone who is considering urology to read gather as much information as possible about the specialty, about the schools that offer urology instruction, and to chase their dreams until they catch them."

Electrician Apprentice
Answer example

"I believe you should hire me because I bring the right blend of experience, I am familiar with the type of industrial projects that you work with, and I have top marks in my electrical courses. After meeting me and discussing my qualifications further, is there any particular reason why you would hesitate to hire me?"

Fitness Instructor
Answer example

"I design exercise programs that are safe and tailored to my client's needs. I have a strong background in anatomy and specialize in injuries and training athletes. I have proven myself dependable in my past roles, always showing up on-time and following through."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 03/31/2018
Last modified on: 03/23/2019
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