One of my favorite sites is Lifehacker.com. Azadeh Ensha recently they published an article on Lifehacker about how to tackle a job interview. I read and liked it. Kind of reminded me of a scene from the movie Reservoir Dogs.
Tim Roth’s character is trying to infiltrate the organization and go undercover. To do so he basically as to deliver a “Why Hire Me” speech. I do not however suggest that you fake something in order to get a job. But if you are a good fit then you should already have plenty of ammo on why you would be a good fit in the organization you are interviewing with. Don’t be too salesy though – Tell me, don’t sell me.
So you’ve finally landed that job interview. Now it’s time to seal the deal with a killer interview. How? For one, try mastering your “Why hire me” story.
We’ve previously highlighted the importance of crafting a successful elevator pitch, but if you’re looking to sell yourself in a sit-down interview—which will presumably run longer than the standard 30-60 second elevator pitch—the Wall Street Journal says it’s important to perfect your “Why hire me” story.
The key is to create a story that comes across as natural, not canned, and that you can tailor to any job interview in question. A good “Why hire me” story should avoid making too many assumptions about the job itself. This necessitates asking pointed questions both before, during, and after the interview process. The article also notes that a compelling “about me” interview will make sure to leave out irrelevant details, no matter how impressive they may appear to the employer.