“Tell us a little bit about yourself. Explain, why are you the best person for this job?”
This question is often asked in interviews, and your answer to it is a key opportunity to stand out and make a strong impression on the interviewer.
Your response serves as a self-presentation, a chance to distinguish yourself and be immediately memorable, especially given the opportunity for prior preparation.
For this reason, it is crucial to have a carefully considered and authentic answer that showcases your skills and experience relevant to the position.
In this article, we will provide you with tips on confidently tackling this challenging question. But first, let’s understand: why do recruiters and potential employers pose this question?
Employers ask this question because they want to hear how you can offer the right combination of skills, experience, and personality for the job.
An HR manager seeks an employee committed to working longer and excelling beyond other candidates. Hence, the question about why a job applicant chose their company delves into several critical aspects:
In addition to the content of the answer, the recruiter will assess how quickly the candidate started answering the question, whether they remained calm, and what emotions were evident in the answer.
You should be prepared that the question may sound different, for example: “What attracted you to our vacancy?”, or “Why do you want this job?”
Your answer should demonstrate that you understand your strengths and weaknesses, the needs of the organization, and how you can combine the two. It is also important to demonstrate that you have done your research on the company and its culture – this shows that you are genuinely interested in the job.
Showing that you understand what it takes to be successful in the role will help you make a good impression!
There may be several reasons why the question “Why are you the best person for this job?” or “Why do you want to work for us?” confuses you:
Of course, it’s normal to be nervous during an interview. But if you don’t get your worries under control, you can stumble over any question.
Many articles repeat the advice, “Prepare for a meeting with the hiring manager”. This is really important because you need to figure out why you want to work in a particular company at the stage of preparing for the interview.
Sometimes, to find a new job as soon as possible, you focus on quantity rather than quality. The option of starting to send resumes to all vacancies in a row does not work.
Of course, you may get a call from the company and be invited for an interview. You will agree to talk, but it is not clear what kind of company and what kind of vacancy it is.
Telling the recruiter “I want to work for you because you invited me for an interview” is also a bad option.
One of the keys to success is to prepare properly!
It’s crucial to articulate why this job is the perfect fit for you. Demonstrate your understanding of the company and how your specific experience and skills align with helping them achieve their goals.
Pay attention to a few key steps in your preparation:
It’s crucial to carefully read the job posting, paying attention to repeated keywords or phrases in the job description. This will provide insight into the specific skills and qualifications the hiring manager is seeking.
Take time to learn about the company, its culture, and current challenges. It’s also helpful to reflect on your own experience and recall examples from past jobs or projects that demonstrate how you solved similar problems.
Emphasize your interest in the specifics of the job and its mission. Companies that set themselves a higher goal want to see those in their team who share the ultimate goal. You may even be doing something similar outside of work.
Reflect on your distinctive abilities and qualities that make you stand out as an ideal candidate for this position. Think about how your skills, experience, education, and personality combine to make you the ideal candidate for this position.
Even in an online interview, first impressions are crucial. Take care of good lighting, neat attire, and clear communication. Remember that every employee is a representative and the face of the company.
The answer to the question about choosing this particular company is based on several factors: the specifics of the work, the company’s values, requirements for candidates, etc.
Therefore, there is no universal advice on the correct answer.
However, there are examples of unsuccessful answers that can undo all your successes.
This answer shows the employer that you are not interested in working for this particular company. Your stay in the position may not be long because if you get a more favorable offer, you can easily move to a new job without hesitation.
This may be a frank answer, but it is unlikely to satisfy the employer. After all, managers want their employees to be motivated by something other than money. Or at least that money is not the only driving force.
As practice shows, such motivation is short-lived and it is difficult to keep such an employee in the position.
This can also be a true answer with a more noble motivation, but it will not impress the employer. It seems that you are focused on the future, and this company is just another step for you.
This is too general an answer. It does not cover the problematic aspects that a recruiter needs.
Even if you never hear the question “Why should we hire you?” in an interview. It’s good for you to know how not to make mistakes with other questions from the employer.
Here are four tips to help you answer the recruiter’s question as effectively as possible:
When answering this question, be sure to focus on what sets you apart from other candidates. Don’t just list your qualifications and experience. Instead, emphasize what makes you unique and how it can benefit the company.
At times, exceptional candidates may not see that they are perfect for the job because of insecurity. This happens when they find it difficult to accurately assess their experience and knowledge. To overcome this problem, make a list of your accomplishments using the STAR (Situation – Task – Action – Result) chart.
Be confident in your abilities and you won’t need to convince anyone – you’ll naturally be confident about yourself.
Don’t give a memorized answer and don’t read out what is written on your resume. Instead, take the time to think about the question and give an honest answer. It should reflect your true feelings about why you are the best fit for the job.
Practice your answers with someone else who can help you make sure you are conveying the right message. This will help you feel prepared and confident during the real interview.
It is important to always provide specific and relevant answers. Don’t just state that you have the necessary skills and qualifications. Explain how your experience makes you an ideal candidate.
Recruiters are not looking for praise, but rather, for objectivity. Summarize that you meet the requirements of the vacancy, and have the necessary work experience and skills. Focus on the qualities the company is looking for.
If this is not the case, be sure to emphasize that you are a quick learner, ready to plunge into the work process and learn all of its intricacies.
Here’s a few suggestions…
You can always be guided by these answers and try to create something of your own from them.
In general, just go to interviews with companies where you want to work, and you won’t have any difficulties answering such questions.
There are no foolproof strategies to achieve 100 percent success in a job interview. We are all unique, and many factors influence the outcome of a job interview.
However, HireUA has one indisputable rule: the more concrete examples you give the interviewer in your answers and the better prepared you are, the better your chances of getting the job you want.
Above all, sincerity is important!
Make sure your answers are filled with enthusiasm and confidence. If the company’s values don’t match yours, you don’t need to make up a story so that you don’t regret it in the future.
Best of luck!