A job interview can be a defining moment in your professional life. It plays a big role in whether you will get the position, and one misstep can cost you the job. For this reason, you must prepare yourself for the tough questions the interviewer may ask, such as why you are right for the position. The hiring manager is on a mission to find the candidate who is best for the company. When explaining why you are a good fit, focus on what would benefit the company.
Write down the top two or three most important aspects of the job requirements mentioned in the job listing. Then, match your qualifications with the key criteria. If the job listing calls for someone who is self-motivated, for example, come up with times when you had to produce results without a lot of direct management.
Research the company to learn about its mission, culture and growth strategy. Read the company’s website, social media pages and recent corporate blogs, as well as any news articles where it is prominently featured. Find out who will interview you, and research that person online to learn more about her. Search for reviews on the company to see what consumers and the general public say about it. Knowing the company well will help you make a good case for why you're a good fit for the job.
Demonstrate why you and the company are a good fit during the interview. Focus on your skills, qualifications and accomplishments. For instance, you might say, “This position has all the challenges that I’m looking for in a billing position. My extensive knowledge of accounts payable and accounts receivable makes it easy for me to solve complex billing problems. In my previous job, I consistently got to the root of invoicing issues caused by canceled and expired credit cards and insufficient funds. I thrive in productive, fast-paced environments, such as the one you’ve established here. This job is a great fit because we share the same vision in terms of productivity and efficiency. I can see myself growing here and becoming even more of an asset to the company in the future.”
Show that you have done your homework on the company. For example: “Your website revealed that you plan to modify your services to better suit consumer needs. I see that pricing and collections are very important to this process. I’m sure my contributions will be of tremendous value to your team during this change.”
Keep your tone sincere and confident and focus on what makes you unique. Refrain from embellishing your accomplishments. Remain courteous and pleasant while staying true to who you are as a person. Avoid using generic terms to describe yourself, such as dependable, a people person, or a team player. Instead, focus on specific skills and qualities For example, you might say that your co-workers view you as easy to get along with and as the go-to person when complicated billing issues arise.
- If you lack experience in a certain area, explain what the employer stands to gain by hiring you instead of someone with more experience. You could say that you are highly committed to learning everything about the job and are willing to put in the extra time and effort to learn quickly.
- During the interview, you might get the sense that you and the company are not a good fit. Try not to cut the interview short by walking out or showing disinterest. Instead, ask questions about the position or the company to confirm that your perceptions are correct. Remain professional throughout the interview.
- Monster: Why Should We Hire You?
- Career Realism: How to Answer Seven of the Most Common Interview Questions
- Chicago Tribune: 10 Reasons Why You Want the Job
- CBS News: How to Research a Company Before the Job Interview
- Pongo: How to Answer Three Common Interview Questions
- ReCareered: Career Advice - How to Answer :Why Do You Think You'd Be a Good Fit?"
- Forbes Magazine: When You Realize The Job Isn't a Good Fit Halfway Through the Interview
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