Question From The Job Seeker

I have been following your newsletter for some time now and the helpful tips provided for the job seekers have to be appreciated. It is entirely true that interview is the most important and difficult part of the job hunt and one needs to give perfect answers in order to get the job. I have given some interviews in the past and although I do not find myself ill-equipped to answer the questions posed by the employer, I face difficulty in answering one particular question. Towards the end of the interview, the interviewer once asked me to give reasons why he should hire me over all the other applicants. I find this question extremely difficult to answer as one cannot differentiate between bragging and presenting your positive points. Not all employers have asked me this question but I want to be prepared to answer this question in case it comes up during an interview again. Please help me in addressing this issue and provide some helpful suggestions as to how one can answer this tricky question during an interview.

Mudassar Aslam

Answer from Rozee Team

Dear Mudassar,

It is a very common problem faced by many jobseekers as the question often confuses them and they do not know how to answer the given question. Some of the more experienced job seekers know that they can be asked this question and have prepared an answer accordingly but others might be taken by surprise and fail to answer the questions satisfactorily.

The reason why the prospective employers ask this question is to evaluate what the candidate will bring to the company, if hired. The employers judge the candidate on his ability to position himself properly during the interview and manage to present his positive qualities to his own advantage to get the job. A person who cannot even advocate his own suitability for the job is seldom  a perfect candidate.

The key to answering this question is to keep the job description in mind and then present the benefits you can bring to the company in light of that specific job. Some of these basic benefits can include:

  • Improving the efficiency level of the team
  • Effective time management
  • Save company money by enhancing team performance
  • Generating more income by increasing sales
  • Implementing problem solving strategies

All of the above mentioned qualities are what basically the employer wants to see in a prospective employee. Make sure you specify where you can help the company with and how each of the above mentioned properties can help the company. For this purpose it is important that you carry out a comprehensive research before you go to the interview. Every company has a website so check out the company’s website and learn the basics.

Secondly, you should focus on the personal qualities you have which make you suitable for the job. For instance:

  • Punctuality
  • Additional Skills acquired during past jobs
  • Communication Skills
  • Adaptability
  • Willingness to learn and evolve

It is important to remember that the purpose of this question is to evaluate your level of competence. Bragging about yourself and presenting qualities which are not actually in you can create a negative impression on the employer.

We hope you will be able to answer the question without any hesitation in the next interview.

Best of luck,
Rozee Team

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