Why should we hire you?

“Don’t repeat your resume or employment history. Offer one or two examples to explain why you are talking to this particular company. What’s the most compelling example you can give to prove your interest? This question often reminds unasked, but it’s always in the back of the recruiter’s mind. Even if this question isn’t asked, you should find an opportunity to use your prepared response sometime during the interview, perhaps in your closing remarks.”

Example: “My uncle had a company that was a small-scale manufacturer in the industry, and although he later sold the business. I worked there for five summers doing all sorts of odd jobs. FOR THAT REASON I believe I know this business from the ground up, and you can be assured that I know what I’d be getting into as a plant manager here”

Author: Carnegie Mellon Career Center.