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December 22, 2018

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How to answer the ‘Why Should We Hire You?’ question

December 22, 2018

During an interview, recruiters and hiring managers increasingly ask prospective candidates questions such as ‘why should we hire you?’, ‘why are you the best candidate for this position?’, or ‘why are you a good fit for this role?’. These are the key questions that can drastically increase your chances of getting the job offer, so it is vital to take the opportunity to prepare your responses well.

When you are asked this type of question during an interview, recruiters and hiring managers have the 4 key expectations of your answer: understanding your motivation, your experience, your knowledge/skills and accomplishments. These need to be directly aligned to the role that you are being interviewed for so that you could demonstrate your suitability for it.

Here are the 4 key expectations of your answer, explored in more detail:

1.Motivation

Recruiters and hiring managers want to understand why you are interested in that particular sector, industry and the specific role. In essence, what would motivate you to perform well in that position? Or what would make you ‘stick to’ this role, company or industry?

You could explore here what elements of the job you would find most rewarding and explain why you are passionate and focussed towards them. This would demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment.

2. Work experience

To be able to address this expectation, you need to make sure that you have a good understanding of the job description (if unavailable, job advertisement at least). It should provide you with an insight to the purpose of the role, key duties, work experience requirements, as well as knowledge and skills required to perform the role.

When you are answering this question, you need to mirror the work experience requirements in the job description. Provide your interviewers with examples of work experience when you had to perform the same or similar duties and tasks in the past. This may be the experience from your previous employment, however, also can be the experience from your personal life. Even if you do not have such experience at all, you can answer such question well by providing a ‘this is how I would deal with it’ response as it would demonstrate your understanding and potential.

3. Knowledge and skills

In terms of knowledge and skills, tell the interviewers what professional certifications you hold to evidence your understanding of specialism’s fundamentals, concepts, methodologies, tools and techniques. Mention how or why these are relevant, transferrable and specifically what knowledge and skills would enable you to perform well in the role you have applied for. Examples of how you have applied your specialism’s knowledge and skills in the past would be advisable to highlight at this point as well.

If you do not hold a professional certification in your specialism, consider getting certified as it will help you to improve your job prospects drastically. Getting certified is considered to be one of the easiest ways of entering a profession.

For example, if you are looking to enter a Project Management career, PRINCE2® certifications are a great starting point, equally for an IT Service Management career it is worth studying the ITIL® certification. For more examples explore SkillPoint® Career Certification Map.

Even if you have just started studying for / working towards a professional certification, it will still be a positive indication as it will demonstrate your aspiration to become a certified professional.

4. Key accomplishments

Summarise the key results you have achieved from your previous career experience, any relevant awards, recognition or feedback that you have obtained that demonstrate you being a high achiever. For the best result, your accomplishments here should be linked to the actual relevant experience that you highlighted previously during the interview.

Lastly, it is important to note that you might not be asked this specific type of question during the interview. This is absolutely fine as long as you feel that you have addressed the 4 key expectations mentioned above during your interview. If you feel you did not have a chance to do so, it is critical that you take the opportunity to highlight these details for interviewers at some point during the interview.

Frequently, you will find one final chance to provide additional information towards the end of the interview. Finishing the conversation off by succinctly sharing your unique selling points for the role (that we have explored above) will enable you to stand out from your competition and increase your chances of getting the job offer.

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Lifestyle

3 Ways To Make The Exterior Of Your Home As Exciting As The Interior

December 22, 2018

Every home should be a stylish home. After all, you’ve worked hard for it, so why settle for anything less? Transforming the inside of your property so that it looks exactly how you want can bring an enormous sense of achievement and satisfaction. Stylish and well-designed rooms are sure to impress your house guests too, but it’s important to remember that they’ll see the outside of your property before they see the inside. That’s why it’s important to consider the exterior of your home as well as the interior, so here are three ways you can make the outside of your property look great.

1. Fencing And Walkways

As a guest approaches your property, the first thing they are going to see is any fencing around it, followed closely by the footpath they have to walk down to reach your door. First impressions count so don’t let these components drag the rest of your property down. A strong fence not only looks great, but it can also boost your home security too. We like traditional wooden fencing, but you’ll need to treat it with preservative or paint on an annual basis to prevent it from turning an unsightly silver color. Walkways should be even and free of moss and algae; natural stone cobbles or paving slabs can provide a highly stylish pathway to your home.

2. Roofing

Your roof is the most practical and important part of your home, keeping rain out and heat in, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be beautiful as well. Our roofs have to withstand extremes of weather and temperature and over time, that can leave them looking unsightly and impair their performance. Roofing experts such as Megram provide a comprehensive range of roofing solutions which ensure that your roofline always looks impeccable. They install roofs in a range of styles, so you can find one that perfectly complements your home, and they also provide roof repairs from shingle replacement to roof lining repairs. Our eyes are naturally drawn upward, so make sure that your roof is one to be proud of.

3. A Garden Center Piece

You’ll already know how important it is to keep your lawn and garden in good shape, but a well-selected centerpiece can transform an average garden into a great garden. This could be a traditional garden structure such as an arbor or pergola, and they can make a great meeting point for a summer garden party. Even more stylish is a well-placed water feature, such as a pond or waterfall. Less can be more when it comes to garden ornamentation, so don’t be too ostentatious.

A high-quality roof in perfect shape, smart fencing, even walkways, and an exciting garden feature will all help to impress house guests before they even reach your door. Creating a great exterior helps to achieve a stylish and harmonious whole for your home, and you could even find that it increases the value of your property if you later decide to sell it.