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  • Hire You: Why?

    You are the Hiring Manager: this is the 23rd candidate interviewed this week alone…and then, imagine that you are exhausted, overworked, and secretly thinking about that vacation you’ll be taking next week. Will this candidate wow me? Or bore me?

    Imagine you’re at the interview and that the interview is comprised of one question and one question alone. Here’s the question:

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    “Why should I hire you?” to which you happily communicate the following:

    “Well, I am very honest, loyal, and hardworking — and also, very dependable and responsible.”

    Insert period.

    You offer no example.

    You provide no explanation or detail.

    You deliver zero direct evidence.

    You convey no support of the qualities (adjectives) you just stated.

    And you hope like crazy that the Hiring Manager will like (love) what you had to say and that you will make a great first impression…and maybe, even get a job offer!

    Now, let’s imagine for a moment that YOU are the Hiring Manager and that this is the 23rd candidate you have interviewed this week alone….and then, imagine that you (the Hiring Manager) are exhausted, overworked, and secretly thinking about that vacation you’ll be taking next week.

    Along comes Job Candidate 23 who anxiously sits in the ‘hot seat’ waiting for the question and you (the Hiring Manager) say, for the 23rd time this week….”Why should I hire you?” and very predictably, just like the 22 before, and possibly the 22 after….you hear the job candidate utter something similar to this:

    “Well, I am very hard-working, honest, and responsible…..and also loyal and dependable.”

    Continuing in your imaginary Hiring Manager role, from your perspective did Candidate #23 ‘wow’ you with their response? Did they distinguish themselves with their descriptors? Did the adjectives they chose to describe their brand knock you off your seat? Did the candidate make a great first impression? Are you going to invite them back for a second interview?



    Maybe so?


    Why not?

    Read More: http://www.careerhubblog.com/main/2010/07/why-should-i-hire-you-.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CareerHub+(Career+Hub)

    Good luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals

    Filed Under: Career


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