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4 Ways to Respond to the Question “Why Should We Hire You?”

By | Rachel Sokol |

There’s a fine line between selling yourself too hard and not hard enough. We asked career experts the best way to approach this difficult question.

When interviewing for a new job, you should always be prepared to answer any question tossed at you, from, “Are you a team player?” to, “How much experience do you have?” But no matter how prepared you may be for an interview—be it in person, via phone, or even Skype—the one question that can be a stumper is: “Why should I hire you?”

While you may instinctively want to blurt, “Because I’m awesome,” that’s not exactly what the interviewer wants to hear; we’ve rounded up some expert advice on how to stay cool while answering this question—and other tough interview questions, like these 16 stumpers.

Remain humble

“The best answer to this question should include a combination of enthusiasm, confidence, and humility,” says SiriusXM interviewer and broadcaster Ken Coleman. “If you are applying for a job in which you can use your top talents to perform the work you love to do and produce results that matter to you, then smile big, and with enthusiasm reply, “This is what I want to do and where I want to be. I have the talent to execute this role and the passion to maximize this role for the team and the organization.”

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