EP 985 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer this important interview question. 

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This 1 is geared toward 2nd interviews. The question I want to offer up is, "So, why should we hire you?" This is been the meta-question that has been behind everything else that is taken place from your phone screen, your 1st in person and now this interview. They want to understand why it is they should choose you from all the other individuals whose resumes they have screened, who they have interviewed, who they are bringing back now on this interview.

To some degree, this is a pretty easy question... If you take a little bit of time to reflect on your previous interviews. That's because, at these interviews, they have given you cues about where their interest really piqued in your background, what they really zeroed in on the cause them to really get excited about you. They may have said something to you. They may have really gone in deep into that part of your background.

At the end of the day, that's what it's really all about. You have to deliver a message to them that really focuses in on their area of interest that causes them to say, "Yeah, that's right." All the stuff that they have signaled in the course of their previous interviews are really what you need to zero in on. You construct the answer by saying, "I'm sure you hear this all the time – – I really have a lot of passion for what I do. I love doing such and such. " Go into detail about that.

"But what really makes me stand out from others is..." You zero in on those qualities that they honed in on in your interview so that in this way, you're playing into what they believe your strengths are, confirm it for them and thus helping them choose you versus your competition. All


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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