While every interview may be different, there are three general questions that, when asked, are critical to successfully answer.“Why do you want to work for us?”
The hiring manager is trying to understand your motivations for wanting the role. Do you see yourself with the company long term, or are you just looking for a paycheck. You need to describe how you want to become an integral part of the company, growing as the company grows. While doing so, make sure you define how your “wants” are truly aligned with their “needs.” Prior to the interview, research the company and their needs so that you can passionately speak to how you are the candidate to meet and exceed those needs. If you uncover any recent events or other interesting tidbits about the company, now is a good time to bring it up as an example of why you want to work for them.“Tell me about yourself…”
TSince this is one of the most common interview questions, you cannot consider yourself prepared until you have nailed down your response to this question. Your answer should be straightforward, specific, and as concise as possible. Along the same lines as the question above, do your homework on the company and find out as much as possible about the strengths and skills the company/hiring manager is looking for, and include applicable strengths and skills in your response. If nothing else, the job posting should have at least a general description of these pieces. Do not waste time including information you find interesting, but is not relevant to the role for which you are interviewing. It should go without saying, but do not include personal/life story details unless it directly corresponds to a strength or skill for the role.“Why should we hire you?”
This question is your opportunity to prove you are the candidate for the role. This is your time to shine! Do not worry about repeating any applicable skills or strengths previously mentioned in the interview, as long as you are specific. The hiring manager should have a clear picture of why you can fulfill their needs, solve their problems, and are uniquely suited to do just that. This is another opportunity to show off your knowledge and insight into the company and the role, from the research preparation you completed prior to the interview. Overall, be confident without being arrogant, and make sure you are answering why you are the perfect fit for the role, not why you want the role.
Preparing for these three interview questions is the bare minimum homework any candidate should complete. This means doing your research on the company and the role, and understanding how best you fit into that company and role. Following the information above should help you feel confident going into the interview, and deliver responses you can be proud of later, when you are hopefully offered the job! Good luck!