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@Ankita Katdare • 16 Nov, 2013 • 2 likes
9 out of 10 times, chances are that if you are facing a HR interview for a job in any company (or even a technical interview, sometimes) you will face this question - : Why should we select you? or "Why should we select you over others?"
The interviewers are typically experienced people, who have taken 100s of interviews and are tired of listening to the same, repetitive, rot-learned answers. Every time there's a new candidate for interview, who looks scared - the interviewer pops out the question. "What are your skills that make you stand out from the rest applying for this job?" Even people confident enough to face the tough guys, give lame answers to this question.

Here's asking all the engineer buddies, answer the question - "Why should we select you?"
The one that gets the maximum LIKES shall be voted as the BEST answer and I will update this post accordingly!
@yogi.bharadwaj • 17 Nov, 2013 In one interview session two friends apply for the same post and they faced to the same interviewer and the inerviewer asked the above question in a different manner to 1st friend that why should we hire you between you two friends.then the 1st friend answers that i have cleared the degree and my friend has 2 reappears,i have better communication skill and my friend has hesitated a bit and this is all and now it depends on you you select which one.
@Saandeep Sreerambatla • 18 Nov, 2013 Why should you hire me because, I think and ofcourse i am sure that i have the necessary skills required for the job and i know everyone has the skills but apart from those skills I have a positive attitude and i am honest as far as I know.

I am a quick learner and can get accustomed to good environments.
@Saandeep Sreerambatla • 18 Nov, 2013 • 2 likes And it is stupid to say that you are the best among others, its only good to tell then what skills you have in a positive way.

You can always include examples which you have done in the past and explain your leadership experiences.. Never ever say that you are better than so and so person..
@[Prototype] • 25 Nov, 2013 I think all the questions including describe yourselves, this one and any other of the same kind have only one answer. Tell them what they would like to hear. Tell about your skills and achievements if you've any. Skills are most important and you must make sure you emphasize on skills that are relevant to the job. As I even said earlier in some other thread. If you're there for a software developer job, no matter you know how to build a rocket, you're not suppose to emphasize that. You'll emphasize the programming skills you've rather than something irrelevant.

You tell them your skills, achievements which would be a quantitative entity that could be compared with others and easiest way to prove you're the best (if you're) without you mentioning it. After all, a gold bar need not tell its a gold bar. It's shine and other characteristics implicitly conveys its identity...😉
@Anand Tamariya • 25 Nov, 2013 I faced a slightly different version of this question. How do you justify the compensation you are asking for? And this was 3rd question since the interview started. I told him he should first evaluate my capability before we settle on a compensation. He was adamant. I walked out of the interview.
@Ankita Katdare • 05 Feb, 2014 Inviting more replies on this one. @KSS manian, @Manish Goyal, @Anoop Kumar, @J Biswas, @lal, @Keerthivasan R, @Abhishek Rawal, @Aashish Joshi, @Satya Swaroop Dash, @Pensu, @A.V.Ramani
@Manish Goyal • 05 Feb, 2014 As a freelancer when I apply for any job then this is a very common question that clients ask " why should I hire you" and I just answer them.

"I believe I have all the skills you need for this Job, I know How to do things in fast and efficient way, also I am among very few who knows what they are doing, when they write code"
@KSS Manian • 05 Feb, 2014 1) if you think I am the right person which you are looking.
2) You will give me a chance to increase your company shares.
3) Because I am a member of crazyengineers 😀
@Anoop Kumar • 05 Feb, 2014 This question is a very good chance of presenting your communication skill (Not English fluency) .
discussion followed by this question shows your presence of mind with a straight forward or as a negotiator and any organization needs both.

I would say,
I didn't meet other candidates so, I can't say I am the best. I have cleared the technical round so I have the technical capability you are looking far.
After this Interviewer going to interrupt you with some question, if not keep continuing with I did Blah, I am quick learner in blah and blah awards I got.
Whatever the following conversation do not compare with other candidates. Talk about your past experiences and show them you have rich experience in handling situations.
You are a good listener and have presence of mind.

PS: @Anand Tamariya should have selected right after this. 😀
Anand Tamariya
How do you justify the compensation you are asking for? And this was 3rd question since the interview started. I told him he should first evaluate my capability before we settle on a compensation. He was adamant. I walked out of the interview.
@Chinmay sharma • 05 Feb, 2014 if i was asked these question then i replied that you first test my ability for your offering post and when i am not able to fulfill your requirement then i said u that u should not hire me for these post........
@lal • 05 Feb, 2014 • 1 like "You know that better than me! I would have already left the scene if I wasn't fit enough to be here."
@Vikram S Bargah • 05 Feb, 2014 I think a person with blend of sound technical knowledge, leadership skill & ability to cope in varying environs is best suited for this position & I see myself as a perfect match for the same. 😒
@J Biswas • 15 Feb, 2014 • 2 likes "The company has a job to be done. I 'xyz' as a candidate, can fit here and solve this and get the task done. You can be best assured of sincerity, dedication and responsibility from me. I'll prove worth to this company because its is my career, which I need to excel."

However, we never ask this question to our fellow members, neither do I have ever faced this myself in my past.
Our hiring method is a bit different. We talk for 1-2 hrs with candidates so judge their willingness and innovativeness, and then give a real work problem to solve. The candidate can take 3-4 days time to solve and come up with a solution. If he/she gets through, we see approach and select else reject. 😀 At times people don't turn up, people who are back are really confident and gel well with us.
@Nayan Goenka • 15 Feb, 2014 • 1 like You should hire me because this is your only shot at making your company awesome. Else Mass recruitment is too mainstream. 😛
@avii • 16 Feb, 2014 • 1 like In my last interview I had told them simply: 'I am awesome' (even Objective part of my resume also says same ;-) ). I was hired next moment. (though I had to reject the offer for another reason.)

Whatever the answer you give, just be confident. As an interviewer I really don't care, I would just like to see how you answer (not what you answer)
@Ankita Katdare • 17 Mar, 2014 What do others have to say about this? Tagging a few more people.
@Jason Estibeiro, @Anoop Mathew, @LittleNut, @Chinmay Joshi
@Manashree Thokal • 17 Mar, 2014 • 3 likes For fresher interview, this would be my answer-

Why should we select you?
.. "Because I have the required skills. Also- As a fresher, the energy that I have when coupled with your experience can create the best of performances. "
@Anoop Mathew • 17 Mar, 2014 In such a situation, I'd probably just say: "Sir, I believe I'm quite versatile and a quick learner suited for the job. Try me and see if I fit that void in your puzzle!"
@Nayan Goenka • 17 Mar, 2014
Anoop Mathew
Try me and see if I fit that void in your puzzle!"
It gives wrong meanings bro. Dont try that. 😛
Its like, pehle istemaal kare phir vishwaas kare. 😁
@Anoop Mathew • 17 Mar, 2014
Nayan Goenka
It gives wrong meanings bro. Dont try that. 😛
Its like, pehle istemaal kare phir vishwaas kare. 😁
AAH...Alright. I wasn't thinking straight. At work. Been 1.5 years since I felt the urge to attend an interview. 😒
@Anoop Kumar • 06 Apr, 2014 • 5 likes Beat this

@avii • 06 Apr, 2014 • 2 likes ^people actually do that. Some dude hacked into Larry's (or Sergey?, don't remember) Gmail account and emailed Sergey saying there's this dude and they should hire him. He was hired instantly. Someone also did same thing with Zuckerberg's FB wall, don't know whether he was hired or given bounty.
@avii • 06 Apr, 2014 • 1 like Here is the link about GMail hacker -

However I could not find any info hiring him or may be I am wrong/forgot.
@zaveri • 07 Apr, 2014 • 1 like "lets say, if you do not hire me, then you have as much to lose as i do. opportunity knocks only once, so think about it".
@Ankita Katdare • 15 Jan, 2015 I would like to invite all the newbies & regulars members around here to answer this question.

Tagging @Rajni Jain @PuneetVerma @Koushal Patel @Harshad Italiya What answer do you think can get you the job? 😁
@Koushal Patel • 16 Jan, 2015 • 2 likes “Well, I believe, I have all of the skills and experience that you’re looking for and I’m confident that I would be a doing good in this role.
It’s not just my background leading successful projects — or my people skills, which have helped me develop great relationships with developers, testers, and senior managers alike. But I’m also passionate about this industry and I’m driven to deliver high-quality work.”
@Ankita Katdare • 26 Sep, 2015 • 1 like While discussing this over with a bunch of final year students, I heard someone say, "I am a fresher and my ability of innovative thinking and technical skills is going to add value to the organisation."

I was just thinking, if one does say that in an interview at a big MNC, the interviewer must be thinking - how can this lad add value to this organisation?

Tall claims and all is fine, but my best guess is that, when they ask "Why Should We Hire You?", they want to know what are the things that set you apart from the bunch of people sitting outside the interview room waiting for their call. Show me something that's the biggest highlight. Show my why your resume trumps over the other pile of resumes sitting on their table.

It's really important to understand exactly why the question is being asked. I think the skills worth highlighting can be one of these -

1. Dedication to work
2. Quick to learn
3. Know a particular tool/technology really well (Level: Master!)
4. Enthusiasm for self-improvement
5. Leadership qualities
6. Social skills

^ You have to back each of it up with an appropriate real-life example.
@Ankita Katdare • 04 Dec, 2015 Would like to tag newbies @Debasmita Banerjee @Tomson Thomas @Satyam Rai @Rucha Wankhede to know how would they answer this question. 👍
@Debasmita Banerjee • 04 Dec, 2015 • 2 likes Tough one and faced more frequently in general. I think my answer will be much more dependent on the different scenarios that might happen. Let's take the most difficult situation in hand, and anything simpler would be a ''differentiation'' of that, making the highest power 1 low than the previous one
Suppose if there's a single prestigious post and 1000 applicants with no known face at all, I will probably be in the toughest situation of all. If this particular question is asked to me I would say the following, I think.
"To be bare honest I have no such gold mine with me which can benefit your company in one single day neither I think my qualifications can make me stand out of the rest with greater advantage as I don't have any idea about other applicants but what I know about myself is that I am sincere and innovative enough to add some extra things along with others to your company which will help your company in long run. And I believe in freedom of knowledge and creativity, If your company can support my thoughts there's no way I can fall short of the works in hand to do. My qualifications might be a plus but what matters to me in life is to extend the roots much deeper with every passing second. I think it's my attitude and originality ultimately which will make me beneficial to your company."

There's also one thing, I don't like the idea of wearing formal Shirt ,Pant with tie in the day of interview. It seems fake. I will probably wear my regular black tee shirt even on that day.
@Tomson Thomas • 04 Dec, 2015 • 2 likes Now that's a very tricky question, isn't it?? If I was the one doing the interviewing, I would ask the candidate this question to sum up everything about them... Their capability, confidence with which they reply, self know, the qualities, both positive and negative, which I would use to determine if I/the company would benefit from hiring them. If I was asked this question, I would say, " well, sir/ma'am, I don't know if you consider me the best among everybody present for this interview, but I certainly consider myself the best. Not because of the much heard "I can do anything", but because I will do my best to accomplish the task at hand. I am a perfectionist, and i hate leaving anything at less than a 100%. It is impossible for me to leave something unaccomplished or unfinished. You can be sure that any task I'm assigned to will be given my best, and my wholehearted attention. And sir/ma'am, I am not someone who gives up.." 😉
I wonder if this is too much.. 😛
But the answer would change considering what I know about what the interviewer wants, and a variety of other factors....
@Rucha Wankhede • 04 Dec, 2015 • 2 likes Well to answer that,I guess it would be the value system that would gel; though it's something one can tell only when a person gets to work in the scenario. Discipline,a vision for the bigger and better, no compromise with the ideals or goals,mutual respect in case of differences, exploring new ideas,adding your bit to things no matter however small;is how anybody 'grows' as an institution as well as an individual. I guess you guys are the best opportunity for all of this.And since a person's worth or success can never be claimed to be of his doing alone,we grow together;as a symbiotic association thereby, benefit manifold. The other things Ankita mentioned are yes of course there too which would only get tested with time😀 and work.
@Ankita Katdare • 05 Jan, 2016 Wonderful answers by @Debasmita Banerjee @Tomson Thomas and @Rucha Wankhede I am sure other job applicants might be making mental notes of what they could use from these.

Inviting more answers - How would you answer the "Why should we hire you?" question. Share with us and see what fellow engineers think about it.
@Ankita Katdare • 05 Jan, 2016

Key takeaways for why should we hire you -

  1. Outline your answer before going inside, so that you can answer with confidence.
  2. You should be short and to the point. Sometimes the interviewer may but you short if you are too descriptive.
  3. Review the job position and draw points about how you are the right person for the job.
  4. You can match your existing skill set to each bullet point in the job description (That you read on the website or in the newspaper).
  5. State your interest in the position. Be enthusiastic about the opportunity and within a certain team. Be sure that the interviewer knows how interested you are.
  6. Do not rote learn your answer. Be flexible and modify the points as per the flow of the interview and the kind of interviewers you have in front of you.

Also, watch out for the two examples at the end of the video (Start At 2:50).

@Mohammed Ali1694 • 20 Mar, 2016 According to my point of view I would say:
"I've positive attitude towards my life and work because negative attitude arises when you don't have the confidence in ur work and I knoe dat I've confidence in my work which will help me to perform the job efficiently and effectively..."
@md aftab alam • 21 Mar, 2016 I'll try my best n one thing may be m d one who looking u r
@Ankita Katdare • 10 Oct, 2016 @MohammedAli1694 Good answer. Needs a little polishing. It'd be great if you supplement your answer with details of how exactly your skills match their requirement criteria.

@md aftab alam Good English is, sadly, crucial to getting a job. It's best that you take Spoken English coaching and stop using sms language immediately. All the best.
@Kaustubh Katdare • 09 Sep, 2018 • 3 likes

I've said this before, and I'll repeat - the interviewers are actually wanting to know if you can be hired to work on their teams. It's always a personal connect that matters. 

That does not meant should will get selected even if you don't know a thing about the technology or role that you're being interviewed for. 

The best answer to "Why should we select you", is something that convinces the interviewer that you are willing to learn and are serious about the role that you're interviewing for. 

I'd say - avoid comparing yourself with other candidates. Do not even care to talk about how you are better than others who are interviewing for the same job. It's the job of the interviewer to decide that and they know how to do it.

Here's what I'd answer -

Thank you for the question. Ever since my childhood, my family has taught me the importance of owning responsibility of my actions. It's perhaps one of the most difficult things I've been taught in life and now it's a strong part of who I am. That said, this job itself looks quite exciting to me and something I'd really love to take; if given a chance. 

I'm aware that I may not be the 'best' candidates you'll interview today but what I can guarantee is that you'll have the fastest learner on the job. I believe what I know today can be improved and I'm willing to do that in this job. I hope you'll consider me.


When you bring up words like 'childhood' and 'family' - you're already touching strong emotion 'buttons'. Then, you follow with words like 'strong', 'responsibility', 'best', etc. Those are the words that register in mind quickly and enhance your chances of getting selected. 

Keep in mind that, why should we select you is not a casual question that interviewers will ask towards the end of the Interview. It's your chance to turn the interview in your favour. 

I hope this helps. 

@Ramani Aswath • 11 Sep, 2018 • 3 likes

In my case there was only one occasion when this question came up. With one difference: I was the one who asked the question.

In IIT M one of my responsibilities was with the Chemical Engineering Instrumentation Lab. We had a lot of German control instruments and routine experiments. I added some creativity in making students make sensors from ground up. Very crude ones like a bimetal sensor made by soldering strips of copper and iron foil together. The sensors worked. Students were thrilled and continued with the routine experiments with more zest. The German professor asked me to go to Aachen in Germany and work with him.

Around this time Prof George Burnet, Chief of Chem Engg a IOWA State University (He was involved with developing the Uranium enrichment by Gas Centrifugation for the Manhattan Project) came to India for a Indo-American Academic programme.  I worked with him at an advanced Summer School programme. He suggested that I could join him at the Iowa State University for research work.

Though in Chem Engg department, I used to work very closely with Prof. S.Ramaseshan, then HOD Physics at IIT M. He was asked to set up a major materials science and technology division at the National Aerospace Lab. He mooted the idea that I should leave IIT M and join NAL. I told him about the other two options and asked why I should choose NAL. He said that the others were routine. What he was trying at NAL was something new, tough and creative. Eminently worth doing.

The curious thing is that as in academic discussions in those days, the discussion completely bypassed designations or salaries. The work content was what was supposed to be the inducement for a person to take up an assignment. The others were incidental.

I joined NAL. Only when my first salary came we found that I was getting Rs.10 per month less than in the previous job. Ten rupees mattered somewhat in those days. There is a government rule that a person should not be paid less than what he received in an earlier appointment. I was paid the difference (a princely sum of Rs.120 for the year) as an ex-gratia payment. I crossed that hurdle when I completed a year.

@Vinay Mishra • 22 Jan, 2020 • 2 likes

The answer which popped up in my mind is," I am unique in my own ways which I think makes me better contender for this job".

I know this is not much immpressive answer but there is a reason behind answering this as your answer.

After listening to it, the interviewer may ask you about, what makes you unique?

You can say, 'I really enjoy learning new things and find that it's easy for me to pick up on required skills.'

That's just my point of view. I think when you are in an interview, try to drive it by your own. You can automatically change the questions of interviewer by answering them in your own way.

@bill yorke • 22 Jan, 2020 • 2 likes

In answering this question I believe the interviewee is to offer a summary and a concise detail of his/ her suitability for the post of the interview. This should include description and affirmation of having suitable skills and background experience to work in that position, ones adaptability to change, relevant academic experience and not to forget an expression of the true conviction and passion to work in the given position. 

One can also single out some of best experiences or intriguing facts you may have discovered about the company during your preparation or personal observation about the company.

@Karshil Sheth • 23 Jan, 2020 • 2 likes

The question has the answer itself. So just think enough and be diplomatic here too. 

For my interview, i answered accordingly:-


Being a tech enthusiast, I feel my knowledge and skill-set match here perfectly. But being a fresher and to prove myself I will be happy to showcase my project where you can decide my technical skills there. Also I am person who likes playing sport and be a team player. If a given a chance I can prove myself. 

I have watched the organization's business and tried to understand it and put on my ideas , how could we as a team can grow it using some innovations and some brainstorming. I can also handle pressure and to me the best way to work is like that. I know its the wrong way but still, I could achieve more while being in pressure and I am trying to do better in improving my skills in this area. So I guess, you as a recruiter and me as a candidate, we both are looking for match and I assure you to do my best with utmost transparency!!


Maybe its right or wrong but I prepared it and said it in the interview!!? Post your suggestion on this type of answer..


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