Perhaps the biggest underlying question during a sales interview is why an employer should hire you over the other candidates. What makes you more qualified? What makes you the best…
Perhaps the biggest underlying question during a sales interview is why an employer should hire you over the other candidates. What makes you more qualified? What makes you the best fit for the job? Which skills and abilities do you have that make you the top choice?
Sometimes an interviewer will straight out ask you why they should hire you. So, you need to be prepared to answer this all-important question. If you can’t clearly communicate why you should be hired, then you could hurt your chances of progressing in the interview process.
Here is how to create the best answer to this challenging question based on feedback from our sales recruiters:
Interviewers ask this question to see how good you are at selling yourself. They want to see how you do under pressure and they want to see your sales pitching abilities in action. Treat your response as if it were a sales pitch or elevator pitch. Make it a summary of who you are, why you are qualified, and how you are the best candidate for the job.
You want your answer to be concise. Spend some time brainstorming ideas. Write down everything you come up with and then start putting these ideas together. Work on it until you think you have a sound and compact response.
Avoid giving a generic response. Interviewers want to know why they should hire YOU specifically. Try to provide a unique answer that will help separate you from the pack.
Practice your answer once you know what you want to say. Saying your answer out loud can give you a better sense of whether your response is strong. Remember, you do not want to memorize a statement. You will sound too robotic if you take this approach. The interviewer could also ask this question with a slightly different spin. So, be ready to respond in a number of different ways.
Be prepared for anything and everything when you have an upcoming sales job interview. Here are some additional questions to consider as part of your preparation. Use these insights to put together the best answer possible.
Rhys is a tenacious, top performing Senior Sales Recruiter with 15+ years of focused experience in the Digital Media, Mobile, Software, Technology and B2B verticals. He has a successful track record of headhunting top performing sales candidates for some of the most exciting brands in North America. He is a Certified Recruitment Specialist (CRS) and has expert experience in prospecting new business, client retention/renewals and managing top performing sales and recruitment teams. Rhys enjoys spending quality time with his wife, son, and daughters, BBQing on a hot summer day and tropical vacations.