Question: I graduated in May of last year and accepted pretty much the first job offer I got. I’ve been in this job for less than 6 months and I hate it! I know I should be grateful to have a job, but is it ok if I start looking for another job? – Morgan, South Dakota Answer: Morgan, you’re […]
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I have been unemployed for over a year. I am highly skilled n qualified but cannot seem to get hired.
My question is how do I respond to the final question, “why should we hire you?”
I cover my extensive background and skills that apply to the position but to date, remain unemployed.
Thank you in advance for your time and reply.
This is one of those broad questions that can take you down the wrong road unless you have done some thinking about what to say ahead of time. This question deals with your ability to sell yourself. Think of yourself as the product. Why should the customer buy?
Answers that WON’T WORK –
“Because I need a job.” – This answer is about YOU – “they” want to know what you can do for “them.”
“I am a hard worker.” – This is a really trite answer – almost anyone can say he or she is a hard worker.
“I saw your ad and could do the job. – This answers lacks passion and purpose.
STRONGER ANSWERS that would get the interviewer’s attention –
Maybe you were fired or laid off – under “not-to-pleasant” circumstances, or maybe you quit un-expectantly?
Whatever the reason – there is something or some things that you’d rather not talk about in the job interview. Not only have you had a bad experience, but now you have to talk about it – again and again.
How you deal with these questions will depend a lot on how you have resolved the issue with yourself. In order to answer these types of questions effectively it will be important to deal with your issue ahead of time. The best way to do that is to think about and script an answer.
Here are some sample questions of difficult questions:
“Have you ever been fired?”
“Why did you leave your last job without another job lined up?”
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