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Title: Why should we not hire you?
Post by: t_amos on November 30, 2009, 12:18:09 PM
I was interviewing for a civil engineering position (http://jobs.engineeringdaily.net/a/jobs/find-jobs/q-Civil+Engineer) the other day and I got this out of the box question. I was certainly not expecting it and I obviously did not have time to prepare for such a question.  I could not articulate a good answer and I could tell the interviewer was not satisfied with my response which went something like this,
I do not believe there is a particular reason why you should not hire me, because my skills match the requirements of this position.... and I went about talking about other topics not related to the question.
So, afterwards I researched and found some tips that I thought it will be nice to share with  everyone,
How to attack this question,
The main reason a potential employer would ask you this question is to test your reaction and how quickly you think. Impress them by having a self-praising well-thought-out response to that question.
Title: Re: Why should we not hire you?
Post by: 1smartengineer on February 11, 2010, 12:45:56 AM
I never thought this type of question would be asked in an engineering company type of interview. The few interviews I have been on constantly focus on my experience and education.

If such a question was posed at me, I would definitely re-highlight the reasons why I believe I am the right candidate for the job to in a way imply that there is no reason why they should not hire me.  I think plainly saying that you don’t think there is a reason why they should not hire you, sounds simple and clearly not well thought out.
Title: Re: Why should we not hire you?
Post by: dougFred on August 26, 2010, 03:04:01 PM
I too was asked this weird question during my last interview. I wasn't expecting such a reverse psychology-type of a questions so my response at the time was not all that impressive. Later I thought about it and I think this following response would have been more ideal for that situation"

"Well, you are not concerned with the long term growth of the company, then I would recommended that you go with someone else who will be less passionate and less dedicated than I intend to be. In reviewing this position, I find that the company needs someone who will be focussed to not just the immediate success of the company, but also one who recognizes the competitive nature of this industry and is willing to invest their time and skills for the long term development of the company. I believe that I am that person."

Slightly cocky, but I am sure it will get their attention.

Good luck. 
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