How To Answer The Most Important Interview Question

Imagine this: You’re interviewing for a new job. You’re doing great. You answered every question confidently, and it’s clear that you are impressing your interviewers.

Then, the single most crucial question gets asked, and how you answer this one question can make or break the entire interview.

Answer it well, and you’ve got the job. Stumble over your words or freeze, and your job search will continue.

The Most Important Interview Question

As a hiring manager for more than 10 years, I can tell you that sometimes, interviews come down to just a single question. Your answer to this question is what your interviewers will remember long after the interview.

How to Answer the Most Important Question in an Interview

What is the most important question you’ll get in an interview? Simple: “What makes you the best candidate for the job?”

You may hear it slightly differently. For instance, “Why should we hire you?” and “Why do you deserve this job?” are common forms of asking the same fundamental question.

Understand the Role

Just as you would tailor your resume for a specific job, tailor your answer to this question based on particular skills and experiences the employer needs.