How to Answer Interview Questions with Confidence

Answering interview questions about why you are the right person for the job needs some careful thought and preparation. Your interview answer should be credible and relevant to the specific job and company requirements.

Interview questions about why the company should hire you come up in every interview in some form or other.

Use these answer guidelines to help prepare your own winning answers and stand out from the other candidates.

Frequently Asked Interview Questions

Why should we hire you?

Review the job description and note down the job requirements. Refer to your skills and experience relevant to the job requirements and the company’s needs. What benefits are you bringing to this job? Mention your previous successes and your goals for the future.

Be straightforward and confident about your abilities

“I have the right combination of skills and experience for this job. I also bring the additional quality of strong analytical and problem solving ability as shown by my introduction of a more efficient work flow system at ABC Company.”

“My commitment to excellent work standards will add value to the team.”

“I am a fast learner, I had to learn a totally new operating system in my last job and I was up and running within a couple of weeks.”

“You require someone who can perform a wide range of administrative duties. I have a track record of carrying out these different tasks efficiently and successfully.”

Highlight the reasons why you are the right candidate

 Why you answering interview questions like this, don’t try to say that you are the best qualified candidate since you are not familiar with the other candidates’ skills and experience. In such cases, try to focus on your own abilities and experiences.

“My abilities in sales really seem to fit this job. My success at ABC in achieving an annual growth rate of 25% support this. I have worked with a  similar product line and have an in-depth understanding of  the technical aspects.

My experience as a member of a large team will contribute to your department and I am enthusiastic about the new challenges involved in this position”

Be enthusiastic about why you want this job

“I really would like this job selling gift items and I strongly believe I will be good at it. I enjoy talking to customers and helping them find what they are looking for.

I am meticulous about handling cash. I look forward to having regular hours and I am very reliable. In fact, my reference emphasizes that as one of my strong points”

“One of the reasons I want to work for this company is your reputation for staff development. Learning and growth are important values to me. I sincerely believe I am the right person for this job and for this company”

Confirm your ability to work hard

An excellent reason to employ you is that you are a hard worker. Candidates tend to underplay this quality when answering interview questions. Every employer wants a hard worker and whatever job you are interviewing for hard work is central to succeeding in it.

“One of the first things I learned early on was that hard work is the key to success. I recognize that working hard makes the difference and I have put in the hours and effort to make sure that I do the job better.”

“Why do you want to work for this company?”

Use your background research to prepare for this question, this way you will differentiate yourself from the other candidates. Consider succesful reseach on the company and get the right job interview information.

Tip! Include your company research in your answer

“I understand this company is expanding, your website indicates that you are about to launch a number of new products. I would like to be a part of this exciting growth”

“I have always wanted an opportunity to work with a company that provides such an important service to the community”

“You are a small company with great opportunity for staff development”

“Your company has a reputation for being innovative and open to new ideas”

Find something specific about the company

Look at the company values, mission, vision and successes. How do you complement and contribute to these?

“I know that your goal is to become the biggest provider of  office supplies in the area. My knowledge and experience of the customer base can make a big contribution to this. I would really enjoy the challenge of growing this business”

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