How to answer the job interview question, “Why should we hire you as a nurse?”
Preparing for your interviews is one of the most important things you can do as you look for a nursing job. During an interview, an employer will ask you questions to find out about your personality, how you process information, how you’ll fit into the company’s culture, and what your training, experience, and goals are. This article tells you why interviewers ask, “Why should we hire you as a nurse?” and gives you steps, tips, and sample answers to help you get ready.
Why do people ask in interviews, “Why should we hire you as a nurse?”
By asking you what you think about yourself as an employee, interviewers give you a chance to talk about your strengths, show that you know what the job requires, and show that you’ve done your research and learned about the company where you’re applying.
How to answer, “Why should we hire you to be a nurse?”
This is one of the most important questions you should think about as you prepare for your interview. Why should they care if you can’t answer well? Keeping this in mind, here are some things you can do to get ready:
1. Read the job description.
Read the job ad several times and then read it again. Find the key words and phrases in the question’s description that tell you what you need to talk about in your answer. These words and phrases list skills and traits that a good candidate should have.
2. Choose skills you already have that are similar to what the job description asks for.
How you talk about yourself should be as close as possible to what the job description says. Match the words and phrases you found to the skills and traits you have.
3. Choose examples that show how the traits you chose work.
Find examples from your past jobs or training that you can use to show your interviewers that you have the qualities and skills they are looking for.
4. Draft your answer
Write your answer at least twice, in different ways each time. This will help you get ready for your upcoming interview and let you know if you’ve answered the question completely or if you need to say more.
5. Take care of it yourself
Practice saying out loud, “Why should we hire you as a nurse?” without trying to remember an answer. You should try to be natural and ready for an interview, but not too prepared.
6. Have someone else help you.
Once you know what you want to say, have a friend or family member act as the interviewer and ask you, “Why should we hire you as a nurse?” several times. This will give you more chances to practice and give you a chance to get feedback from someone you trust.
There are many ways to answer the question “Why should we hire you?”
Train your ears to hear a different way that this question could be asked. Here are a few other ways you might hear the song:
- What makes you the best nurse to do this job?
- What can you do for our company that nobody else can?
- Why do you think you would do well as a nurse?
- How will you help if you join our health care team?
Answers to “Why should we hire you as a nurse?”
Your answers to “Why should we hire you as a nurse?” should be based on your experience, but here are three examples to help you get started:
Example 1: “When I first read about this job, I realized that my training is very similar to what you’re looking for. For example, I learned how important it is to be an active listener while doing my classes and my practicum hours supervising lab tech reporting. I used my people skills a lot when I was in charge of how techs talked to each other in the clinic.”
Example 2: “I’m ready to get to work as a new member of your triage team. In my last job, I was in charge of setting up triage shifts and making sure they went smoothly between hospital departments. I made a new scheduling matrix to help supervisors and duty nurses figure out how to fit requests into their schedules.”
Example 3: “My education and skills match what you were looking for, especially my skills in taking care of patients. For example, in my last job, I was in charge of changing how records were kept at the Health Department’s satellite offices.”
What to say when asked, “Why should we hire you as a nurse?”
When writing your answers, keep the following in mind at all times:
- Look out for yourself. Don’t judge yourself or your skills based on how well others do. Your job is to show yourself as well as you can.
- Have three good things to say ready to go. Prepare to talk about three main things about yourself and your work that can serve as a summary of your qualifications. This is a good tip for any job interview, not just when they ask, “Why should we hire you as a nurse?”
- Be confident. You have a well-thought-out answer ready, so feel confident when you say it. The person interviewing you wants to know that they can trust you, and being confident helps them do that.
- Be genuine. Since it’s all about you in the interview, be yourself. Part of what the interviewer is looking for in your answer is how well you would get along with the other people who work there, so show them who you are.
- Smile. A genuine, friendly smile puts the person you’re interviewing with at ease and shows that you’re at ease talking about the job and what you can do for it.
- Look at their eyes. Look the interviewer in the eyes when you answer “Why should we hire you as a nurse?” This shows that you know what you are talking about. If you look around for an answer, the interviewer might wonder if what you’re saying is true.
- Stay on course. It’s easy to get off track when answering a hard or open-ended interview question, especially if you think the interview is going well. Use the job description and your prepared answer to show how you can do the job.