Don’t sell yourself short
Recently, I was on an interview panel where the interviewee was asked the standard questions: “Why would you like this job? Why should WE invest in you?”
A great answer would be different variations of this: “When you invest in something, you believe in its ability to have an impact on the world. For this reason, I’ve invested _____ (input the number of years you’ve been in your career) years, honing my craft in _____ (communications, business, writing, etc.), using closed doors as a learning experience to seek out new training and education and have the opportunity to influence the ______ industry in a positive way -- as this company is currently doing. (Give short example of how you exceeded expectations of a certain task because of your dedication) You should invest in me because I’m dedicated to learning, growing and adapting to be an asset to your company.” NOTE: The blank spaces should be filled with information specific to the type of job you want to acquire.
A bad answer would be: “I don’t know if I am the best candidate, but I work hard.” (OR) “I’m sure there are a lot of other talented candidates for this position, but I believe I am the one for you.”
Yes, I’ve heard both of these responses on interview panels and no they never go over well. Panelists understand the humble angle that you’re trying to take here, but you have one job and one job only when you go into an interview: SELL YOURSELF, NOT THE OTHER CANDIDATES.
Also, don’t take the short route with questions like this. This is the central reason that they should hire you and you NEED to make that reason as clear as possible. You can take a shorter stance on questions like “Give three adjectives that describe you”. Here, you would just give three words. There will be other opportunities for examples showcasing the characteristics you’ve mentioned.