Job Interview Question - Why You?
To illustrate an important job interview question and how to answer it successfully, let's go again in the Scriptures.
Luke 7:18John's disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, 19he sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?" 20When the men came to Jesus, they said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?' "
21At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[b] are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. 23Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
How well you answer the type of questions illustrated above can differentiate you from other good candidates with the required qualifications.
The interview went very well so far. You gave a good first impression and managed to establish a good rapport with the interviewer.
Your qualifications and past work experiences seem to be well suited for the position.
And now you start to feel very good about the future outcome.
Moreover, you like the company and the future perspectives of the position.
Beware! It isn't over yet!
Don't ruin all your hard work and preparation by failing to provide a clear, concise and confident answer to the following question: "Why should we hire you instead of the other candidates?"
In marketing term, we would say "What is your unique selling proposition?"
What are the distinct characteristics about you to convince me you are the one I am looking for? "Are you the rare jewel or should I choose somebody else?"
Look at Jesus's answer:
"Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[b] are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. 23Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
John the Baptist was the one who recognized earlier Jesus as the Messiah (the one who was to come) because of a revelation he received from God.
He saw the Holy Spirit coming upon Jesus as a dove.
The Scripture "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor"
Jesus did not get angry at John, he was not surprised, he did not hesitate in His answer.
He didn't tell him "Remember the testimony you gave earlier about me"
He simply explained that He was doing exactly what the one who was to come should be doing and having great results.
The results were speaking for Him, the results were testifying for Him.
Before starting His ministry, the only testimony He had was that of John received from the Father.
Now, in addition, the facts were also speaking for Him, so that John's doubts are now insignificants.
In the same way, you need to prepare a summary statement explaining why you are the one, why the interviewer should select you among all candidates.
You need to make the statement with confidence, conviction and clarity. It should be based on facts.
- Don't get caught off guard by the question "Why should we select you instead of somebody else" but be prepared to answer it
- Don't express any negative emotions in your answer
- Your answer should be precise, concise and facts based
- You should state it with confidence
If you do all the above, and the interview went well to that point, you may just have secured the position.
If you don't get asked the question, you can take the opportunity at the end of the interview to state the same answer if the interviewer asks you if you have any questions.
He should be pleasantly surprised.