How to Answer Interview Questions About Why You Should be Selected

Employers often ask a question like “Why should we hire you instead of the other candidates for this position?” as a way to discover the strengths of an interviewee.   Since you will rarely know the strengths and weaknesses of the other candidates, this question is really just an opportunity for you to convey what qualifies you most for the job.

Compare Your Resume to the Job Requirements

The first step in preparing an effective response to this type of question is to carefully analyze the qualifications for your target job.

Review the job advertisement and also check the job section of the employer website where there might be a longer job description.

It’s actually a good idea to do this before you apply for a job. That way you can tailor your resume and cover letter so they are as close a match as possible to the job. Here’s how to match your resume to the job requirements.

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