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Dinesh Divekar

Dear all,
On one of the WA groups of HRs, Administrator of the groups, Mr Rajaram Thorve, has raised the topic for discussion titled Why should we hire you in our organization Vs why should I join your organization?
I have given replies to the questions. These are as below:
Dear Mr Rajaram Thorve,
My replies are as below:
Q. 1 Why should we hire you in our organization?
Reply: - It is ridiculous to ask this direct question to the job candidate in the personal interview.
Before job candidate is called for the personal interview, it is expected that interviewer has assessed suitability of the candidature of the candidate. To assess suitability, he is expected to match the Job Description (JD) of the position against the career profile of the candidate. Candidate should be called if the JD and CV match at least 80% However, candidate’s CV is always in summary form. Candidate cannot write everything elaborately. Against this backdrop, to seek more information in the personal interview, interviewer may tell candidate to quote examples from his past career on handling of the specific task or situation. Based on the reply of the candidate, interviewer may take a decision on whether to hire or not.
Nevertheless, if the interviewer is untrained and if the job candidate is asked this question then the candidate might tell explain about suitability of his/her candidature against the job requirements. It should be general explanation and better to avoid boasting about oneself.
Q. 2 Why should I join your organization?
Reply: - Day by day the job market is becoming tight and getting right candidate has become difficult. Newer skills and niche skill are developed and getting experts in the particular field has become difficult. Now the recruiters chase the right-fit candidates. The smart candidates who know that there is shortage of the persons of his stature might ask this type of question to a recruiter or even interviewer. However, some interviewer may consider this question by the candidate as candidate’s presumptuousness. Candidature of such candidate might be turned down in smaller companies or private limited companies.
How to avoid asking this direct question: - This type of direct question goes well only for those who have stellar academic record or those who are absolutely confident of getting job. Otherwise, general candidate should avoid asking this question. Better not to ask this question while applying in a private limited company. Rather than asking this childlike question, candidate may do research of the organisation on one’s own. No interviewer worth of his/her salt will ever tell anything negative about the company.
Rather than asking interview why he/she should join the organisation, candidate may ask the alternate questions and that too when the interviewer gives a chance to ask the questions. Few questions are as below:
a) Have you defined the culture of the company? Will there be uniformity in the reply if this question is asked to more than ten employees?
b) Can you please tell me about the financial performance of the company? Please tell me about few financial ratios.
c) What kind of information is disseminated to the employees? What formal means adopted to spread the information?
d) How do you encourage upward communication in a company? What are some of the practices followed across the organisation?
Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

Certain questions cannot be asked directly, though they are very important to know.
Employer should certainly understand why he is selecting a particular candidate out of many with almost similar qualifications/experience etc.
Experienced interviewers can elicit answers which indicate likely suitability of candidate which can suit with company requirements in all aspects.
A candidate may want to know whether the company he is planning to join is suitable.
During the interview process, candidate can during discussion try to understand whether company is suitable for him by smartly asking questions when permitted to do so in the interview.
Candidate needs to do a study of the company he is joining-including main line of business, turnover ,top brass of company etc and related aspects which are publicly available.
Both employer and potential employee will have to subtly elucidate mutual suitability rather than bluntly asking why should I hire /join?

From India, Pune

Respected All,
I think, the first question is asked to understand:
1. What and How much candidate is aware about his own skills and Job requirement?
2. Has he/she done SWOT analysis?
3. In market, is he able to Sell himself?
4. Is candidate confident about himself?

From India, Amravati

Sir, Please guide me total HR compliance as per education industries.
From India, Delhi

Q. (1) Why should we hire you in our organization?
Reply: Your observation is right. This is a ridiculous question. But to answer as has been asked in an interview.
To cherish/achieve your objective for which this interview is being conducted. I being the right for the position.
Q. (2) Why should I join your organization?
Reply: Simply because you are an aspirant for the position & seeking employment. You have made application for the position after having knowing about our organisation. When you have raised the question, I can certainly say that we are the best employer than others in the field, our existence in the market over the period is our certification. To join or not to join it is your personal choice.
How to avoid asking this direct question: We cannot change the mind set of an interviewer. Mostly person who treat him more intelligent with ego shoots direct question to candidates to harass.
[My experience as an observer to an interview conducted by a Japanese Firm. Some 60 candidates were called for 3 positions. First round was written test (What you know about us? A Business letter seeking permission to open an outlet, 20 nos multiple questions on academic), Second round was platform speech of one minute (permission declined by the authority), Third round was personal interview quite simple questions (what you want to be? How do you think you can do but not others? What is your expectation? How was the lunch? How was the reception? What you did not like here? Interview (written) started 10-10.45am refreshment (tea & snacks) Platform speech 11.15-12.15 lunch 12.30-1.00Pm, personal interview 2.00pm-4.30pm. 5.00pm all were asked to come inside the auditorium each one were handed over an envelope (score card with travel expenses money). The HR head address the group with a wish to meet in future and their bus will drop in RLY station or Bus stop. Anyone have anything to know from us.
A selected candidate asked. Sir, I am surprised over my selection as could not reply most of your questions. The HR head replied; we need clay. To which we can mould as per the need of establishment. The question you did not answer were to know whether you are raw or not? ]

From India, Mumbai
The hiring manager wants to: Learn about your career goals and how this position fits into your plan. Make sure that you are sincerely interested in the job and will be motivated to perform if hired.
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From India, New Delhi

Every interview question is an attempt to gather information to inform this hiring decision. Many interviewers will also specifically ask you to make your case with one of these questions:
Why should we hire you?
Why are you the best candidate for the job?
Why are you the right fit for the position?
What would you bring to the position?
To close the deal on a job offer, you MUST be prepared with a concise summary of the top reasons to choose you. Even if your interviewer doesn’t ask one of these question in so many words, you should have an answer prepared and be looking for ways to communicate your top reasons throughout the interview process.

From United States, Clifton
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