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These are 2 very basic questions asked in interviews and would want suggestions from all members on why exactly they are asked? Would it be wrong to say that competencies of an individual cant be observed in a conversation of just 10 minutes?
What makes you different?
Why should i hire you?
Kindly share your views........
With Regards
Vinit Kumar
Managing Director
11th March 2012 From India, Delhi
I am sure you really are not interested in hiring a 70+ old person. What makes me different can be seen from my profile by clicking on the link in my signature.
Without knowing for post/postion you will be considering me, it is not possible for anyone to say why you should hire, etc. May we please know why you have posed those questions without giving enough details.
11th March 2012 From United Kingdom
It was a question i thought of asking and i did without reasons behind and open to know all the reasons one wants to be hired for relating to their expertise. Basically a common psychological based questions thrown, not mentioning any age factor, and credibility.
I really from the depths of heart appreciate your response, but am surprised why every one is so defensive while reading the questions as i exactly thought they would be while reading them?
I dint quite see your profile, but am very sure you are very capable of what you say you are. so why not simply ask me what am i looking for?
With Regards
Vinit Kumar
Managing Director
11th March 2012 From India, Delhi
Dear Vinit Kumar,
As I saw you were a Director of a Training and Development company, I thought I give you such a reply. It's normally a question asked in an interview of candidates. I have been asked that a few times in my career. I have responded to those, as I was aware of the job specifications and personal specifications for the jobs.
Sorry for forgetting to let you know that I have shortened my name in this forum. I am the Chief Advisor of Team-PMC and you can see my profile by clicking on About-Us in the link below.
Have a lovely day.
11th March 2012 From United Kingdom
The answers to your q's are
I am different because each person is unique and so am I. And as every person knows that he is different so do I know that I am Different
As to why you should hire me is because you need me to do what I have to do after I join Your company.
11th March 2012 From India, Delhi
Sir from my point of view these sort of direct questions can rarely get genuine answers, bcoz everyone wants 2 show that he or she is best amongst all for getting the job opportunity, common i am dedicated towards my task, i am a team player. honest etc........, but ya we can judge the level of confidence among the individual in regard to self awareness, which plays a really a crucial role in individuals personality.
12th March 2012 From India, Jaipur
Dear Vinit Kumar:

{a} What makes you different? {b} Why should i hire you?

Two very vital questions that take you away from the black & white to reality and creativity. These days one should no because one cannot take a CV on its face value for the finding shows that almost 65% of the CVs have facts-fudged. Background check are becoming increasingly necessary to hire the right person.

This is the age of "behaviour anticipatory interviews". You want to know how the person, whom you hire, is going to respond to your culture and multifarious situations that he would face in the company, industry and at the marketplace. So what he did in the past is a very good indicator of what he is going to repeat in the future. Given the opportunity he may innovate and better his solution providing abilities if he is also found to be a proactive person.

It goes without saying that the above two leading questions should be supplemented by more and more probing questions to delve deep into the person's past proven abilities of bringing forth solutions and being able to implement them successfully. This takes practice and keen sense of perception and a behavioural discerning capability to filter the truth.

So there ... Ask those two questions.

12th March 2012 From India, Surat
Dear Mr. Vineet,
I guess, Answer of such question varies Profile to profile.
For example, If psychological question asked to Accounts Guy, (what makes you different.) : He response should be judge in terms of reliability, Calculative which is req. for that profile.
In case if question is asked (Why i should hire you): He will come up with Latest trends, Rules pertaining to various Accounts and taxes expose ways of cost effective rules to ensure his credential.
12th March 2012 From India, Mumbai
Dear Mr. Vineet

I think the two basic questions you have raised are actually deceptive and the candidate gets his creative power in use to tell all kinds of competencies he/she knows.

The first question is generally asked because:

Every company looks for an outstanding employee who can contribute to his/her full potential and use any unique competency or traits he/she may have.

But the question should be: What do you think are your unique capabilities which the company should utilize? (rather than what makes you different).

The second question is generally asked following the answers given for the first question. Every company wants the star performers. But at this point, nobody knows whether the candidate is a star or marginal or deadwood.

So, to assess the question should be:

"With regard to your unique capability, what do you think you can give to the company"?

Hopefully I have answered ur query.



MINDSHARE HR Consultancy Private Limited
12th March 2012 From India, Delhi
Questions are quite interesting .. and these questions are asked to know some positive points about you and that makes you different and makes you to be in selected candidates..
A positive approach is needed with confident ..
Why should i hire you ?
After going through the complete JD what I found is that the kind of person that you are looking for , I am gonna be the perfect match as per the requirement whether it is related to Experience or knowledge .. and that makes me different too from the people those who have come for the Interview ..
Do not ask that why me .. just try me ..
12th March 2012 From India, Kanpur
Dear Friends,
In My opinion,the questions framed are only formality.Ground situaton is that if a right candidate ever approaches many a times he/she is rejected just merely because of not answering such questions.I personally feel that the past achievements,confidence is presenting oneself, the knowledge a person has aquired and the skill level with which he can use aquired knowledge needs to be judged in interview through direct interaction and openness.
Reference checks, formal personal questions and tricky sychological questions have become routine and one is expected to get routne answers only.
I read some where Innovations never come with the best practices but the next practices.
13th March 2012 From India, Vadodara
Dear Members,
I Appreciate your time that you took to respond, kindly keep posting, thank you.
Thank you all so much!
With Regards
Vinit Kumar
Managing Director
New Wave Training & Development Pvt.Ltd.
13th March 2012 From India, Delhi
1.What makes you different - If you dont hire me you will never know. 2.Why should I hire you? - You should hire me because I will make a difference in your organisation.
13th March 2012 From India, Calcutta
What makes me different & why should i hire you both questions are inter-linked to each other considering the position you are applying. You need to focus on your strength & tell how are you suitable for the position that you have come for an interview by illustrating some examples related to it.
Hope this will be useful for you.
Regards, Derek Gomes
13th March 2012 From India, Nagpur
Thank you all!
I appreciate your participation from the depths of my heart
With Warm Regards
Vinit Kumar
Managing Director
New Wave Training & Development Pvt.Ltd.
13th March 2012 From India, Delhi
Dear Fellow
What makes you diffrent ? My selection in your company will make me diffrent till that time i am one of the rats who wants to win as others...
why should i hire you ? I dont know why you should hire me but i know why i should get selected...then you can talk about your expreince and skill if they fit into required JS...
Just you have to give modest answers rather than being defensive and boasting about yourself....
13th March 2012 From India
Why should I hire you?
By now you can see how critical it is to apply the overall strategy of uncovering the employer’s
needs before you answer questions. If you know the employer’s greatest needs and desires, this
question will give you a big leg up over other candidates because you will give him better
reasons for hiring you than anyone else is likely to…reasons tied directly to his needs.
Whether your interviewer asks you this question explicitly or not, this is the most important
question of your interview because he must answer this question favorably in is own mind
before you will be hired. So help him out! Walk through each of the position’s requirements as
you understand them, and follow each with a reason why you meet that requirement so well.
13th March 2012 From India, Vadodara
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16th March 2012 From Netherlands
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thanks... and good luck.

16th March 2012 From Netherlands
Please do not respond to requests such as the one by Veera M, where no details about the organisation is given.
16th March 2012 From United Kingdom
Dear Vinit,
It appears that you have edited your first message after our discussions in this thread and added the first few lines. Now, the question raised is different from what you raised at the outset.
It is not possible to assess an individuals competencies within 10mins. Such questions are asked to assess how confident a person is about what is stated in his/her application for the job and the resume sent. In these days, when there are resume writing services and guidelines for writing impressive resumes, many applicants exaggerate their capabilities. Also, many do not do their homework: study the job requirements, organisation's culture, needs, etc. By asking such questions, the companies hope to short list candidates for further consideration.
16th March 2012 From United Kingdom
Why should I hire you?

You want this department to be as strong as it possibly can be, so you want the strongest candidate. I feel that I can fill that bill because…(fill with your abilities,strong qualities) and I have learned that you are looking for someone who can manage the _____ of your ____ division with a strong background. This is where I’ve spent almost all of my career. I believe that I know the right contacts, methods, principles, and successful management techniques as well as any person can in our industry.

What makes you different?

Well, I wouldn’t be a very good doctor if I gave my diagnosis before the examination. Should you hire me, as I hope you will, I’d want to take a good hard look at everything you’re doing and understand why it’s being done that way. I’d like to have in-depth meetings with you and the other key people to get a deeper grasp of what you feel you’re doing right and what could be improved.


Prem Kumar R

Manager -HR

Yadhbhavam! Thadhbhavathi!!

(As you think, So you become!)
20th March 2012 From India, Madras
Question for all has citeman hr stopped sending mails on daily basis pls suggest if not i am not receiving mails from last one month from cite hr which from last four years i was receiving on daily basis so pls let me inform how will i get the same on daily basis
Thanks & regards,
25th March 2012 From United States, Chicago
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