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Job Seekers Provide Unique Responses When Asked Why They Should be Hired
MENLO PARK, CA -- "Why should I hire you?" It's a standard interview question, but the answers employers receive can be far from ordinary. The Creative Group, a specialized staffing service providing marketing, advertising, creative and web professionals on a project basis, recently asked 250 U.S. advertising and marketing executives to describe the strangest responses candidates have given when asked why they should be hired.
Those surveyed were asked, "What is the most unusual or creative reason you have ever heard a candidate give for why he or she should be hired?" Here are some of their responses:
"When discussing why they should be hired, applicants should focus on their strengths most relevant to the position and how those qualifications ultimately will benefit the company," said Tracey Turner, executive director of The Creative Group.
Employers are less likely to be interested in the following points made by job seekers:
Candidates should be sure to focus on the potential employer's needs, not their own, during the interview. These next applicants might have benefited from this advice:
Threats rarely inspire a job offer. To wit:
While job seekers should show enthusiasm about the position, excitement about the company locale may not go over well, as these next examples show:
"With numerous qualified professionals competing for jobs, a candidate's power of persuasion plays a greater role in his or her success," said Turner. "Applicants need to really sell themselves during the interview, emphasizing specific expertise and highlighting career achievements."
Turner offered the following tips to help candidates showcase their strengths during the interview process:
The survey was developed by The Creative Group and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes 250 responses -- 125 from advertising executives among the nation's 1,000 largest advertising agencies and 125 from senior marketing executives among the nation's 1,000 largest companies. The Creative Group has offices in major markets across the United States and in Canada and offers online job search services at www.creativegroup.com.