Competency Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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Why are you the best candidate for this position?

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Competency Interview Questions & Answers

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    Why are you the best candidate for this position?

      How to Answer

      Bragging about yourself in an interview can be tough to do, but this is your time to shine! Which characteristics and career accomplishments have made you a stand-out candidate? Perhaps you have received some academic awards or have been given special accolades in your most recent position. There is nobody like you, and now you need to express that to the interviewer.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am the best candidate for you because I have a consistent history of exceeding my targets and goals for the past three years. I have been promoted two times in the last year which is nearly unheard of in my current company. In addition to these successes, I have excellent cold calling skills which I will put to work immediately after being hired by your company."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I am the best candidate because I have the right type of administration background, education, and experience. I know that I can jump right in and get going with very little training time."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I have the necessary experience, skill sets, and high level of ambition to add great value to this department. I come well trained in inventory management, team leadership, and productivity methods. In addition to this, I have led teams up to 50 individuals with minimal employee turnover."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "In my current role, I have worn every hat in the marketing department. I manage the website, social media marketing, planning and running promotions, and all written copy that is published by the company. Because of my involvement in so many different areas of the company, I feel that I can bring a unique advantage and insight that other applicants won't deliver."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I feel that I am the best candidate for you because I am looking for a company that I can stay with for the long haul, something that you mentioned you value earlier as well. Retail can see a lot of employee turnover as colleges start up in the fall. This path is a long-term career option for me, and I would like to be groomed into a regional manager role one day."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I smiled when I read the job description because it was as though you had written it with me in mind. I know that I am the best candidate for this role because I have three years of exceeding my sales goals, inside and outside sales experience, and I know the industry. Also, I was the fastest promoted in my previous position and have led the rollout of new markets in my current position, making me ideally positioned for helping you continue to build your sales organization, markets, and exceed financial metrics."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I am ready for a change and have always targeted this district as my dream one. I am passionate about teaching, about the language, and about making learning fun. I know that I will be a valuable asset to the school and district by breathing life into the program. I work well with others and am constantly innovating, so I look forward to doing that in your premiere district."

      Christine's Answer for a Line Cook Interview

      "I am qualified for the role as a line cook and love your restaurant! There is nothing better than doing what you love for a place you admire. You have a great reputation in this area and I aspire to contribute value long term to your success as a restaurant."

      William's Answer for a Database Administrator Interview

      "I believe I am the best person for this job based on my experience, skills, and future career aspirations. I have a great deal of experience managing databases of all different types and sizes, with different content. I'm adept at writing scripts to expedite information retrieval and create efficient and effective data structures. I've done this in many roles with organizations similar to yours. I'm attracted to this job because it will allow me to further develop my skills while assisting your organization to continue to grow and be successful."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Surveillance Operator Interview

      "I am very reliable and flexible, which means that if you need me to cover for someone's shift when they get sick or something, I will be there for you. I'm also very attentive and responsive. One time, there was a physical altercation between two guests and I was the only one who noticed it on the monitor. I reported it to security quickly and they were able to arrive on the scene to prevent further injuries."

      Shane's Answer for a Student Teacher Interview

      "Of course, I would never like a student to fail. But, if a student does fail in my class, I will work diligently to make sure they do not compound the issue the next quarter. In turn, I would work with the student moving forward to make sure assignments, projects, and quizzes are completed efficiently, in whatever way possible. Before school, after school, and lunch is when I could make things work."

      Audra's Answer for an Elementary Teacher Interview

      "I have wanted to teach since I was in elementary school. I've always had a passion for school, for learning. My passion for the role, coupled with my experience and leadership in my former school's reading interventions and electives program, has equipped me to share my successes with other schools. I am excited about the challenges that I will face with my team and am committed to finding solutions. I am a solutions-oriented and motivated individual. With me on your staff, I will remain committed to the challenges the school faces and contribute my ideas and experience to constantly improve the student experience."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Quality Control Inspector Interview

      "I feel that I am the strongest candidate for the job because I bring everything that you are looking for in your next QC Inspector. In addition to possessing these qualities, I also speak three languages which allow me to work well with many of your temporary foreign workers."

      Sue's Answer for a Chemist Interview

      "As someone who has worked in this field for several years, I understand the importance of being safety conscious. I have strong attention to detail, which I use to maintain a safe environment for myself and my colleagues. I have spent time training less experienced colleagues on several safety rules, such as proper glassware-cleaning techniques. I also use this skill when recording notes and documentation. My prior supervisor complimented me on my work regularly due to its detail and accuracy."

      Jason's Answer for a Mechanical Engineer Interview

      "I initially discovered your company while searching for full-time roles in the Denver area. After doing some research, I found myself impressed by the breadth of products you offer. I also enjoyed the educational resources available on your website, as I learned a lot about the manufacture of engine seals from reading them. I know that your company offers manufacturing and design services for small- to mid-size businesses, which interests me because I am looking to grow expertise in both areas in the next phase of my career."

      Ryan's Answer for a Veterinarian School Interview

      "I have the experience and the attitude to excel in this position. I have almost two years of veterinary experience, which I have gained in collaboration with my school, where I was exposed to all aspects of Veterinary Medicine and worked so hard the first year that they invited me back for a second summer and gave me more responsibilities. I have a reputation for getting things done -- and with a smile on my face. That's because I love working in the Veterinary industry and am excited to learn and get experience in every way possible."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Nursery and Greenhouse Interview

      "I am knowledgeable about plant propagation with a variety of species, from trees and shrubs to fruits and vegetables. I have two years of experience in my own personal garden, a bachelor's in biology and a year of experience working in a greenhouse. I enjoy working in an environment where I am constantly learning and being challenged. I'm also a people-person and love talking to customers to help them better care for their plants."

      Ryan's Answer for an University Administrator Interview

      "I am the best candidate for the University Administrator role as I am a team player, approachable, organized, have a great eye for detail, am adaptable meaning I can multi-task while keeping things on track to achieve key deadlines and most of all love all things administration. With all this in mind, I will be there to pick up on anything that comes in last minute without getting flustered and ensure that I always play my part in ensuring as a Department we always meet our targets and work activities."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Baker Interview

      "I feel that I am the best candidate for the job because aside from my very strong advanced pastry techniques, I am also able to manage the social media marketing side of your business. I would come with very fresh ideas on how to increase your customer base."

      2 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I have the necessary audit experience in the financial services industry, both in the external and internal audit environment. I will use my excellent project management skills to deliver the highest quality of service to your audit clients. I have a very good understanding of risk management, controls, and governance, and I can work with less supervision. I also enjoy working with a team of experts and learn from them."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It seems you are very well rounded and ready to make a difference but also learn at the same time. This is great!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Because of about four years of in electronics industry and the recent promotion of lead test technician and education in electronics and physics where I have gained the grades of 7.5 and 8.2 respectively would make be the best fit for the role of installation technologist."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These are all excellent qualifiers. I have reworded this slightly, to help with clarity and flow.

      "I am the best candidate for this position for a few reasons. One, I have the related education in electronics and physics where I earned a very high GPA. Also, I have four years of experience in the electronics industry. I am a hard worker which is why I quickly earned the promotion to lead test technician with my current employer."

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