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.
Accounts Receivable Specialist answer example
"Interviewers really want to hear that one unique thing that sets you apart from the rest of the applicants. We suggest talking to your past co-workers or family members to get their input about what your one unique thing is. Their perceptions will give you great insight into answering this question! Simply share with the interviewer your one unique thing, and expand by telling the interviewer that others have told you this is your strength!
Here is an answer example, "My greatest quality is easily my attention to detail. I am very accurate on all my statements, invoices, inventory counts, etc. I do have weaknesses! But I can say with confidence those are my best traits."
Admin answer example
"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."
Baker answer example
"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."
Basic answer example
"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."
Elementary Teacher answer example
"I've heard that this school has a lot of discipline problems, is that right? Well, I'm a very empathetic person, and I'm also very firm. So that means that I'm very good at classroom management because students like this need to know that their teacher is in fact acting in their best interests. They can sense whether someone is genuinely interested in their well-being or if this person is just telling them what to do because those are the rules. My classroom management skills would help maintain order in this kind of environment which means that we have a much better chance of getting them to improve."
Line Cook answer example
"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."
Machinist Mechanic answer example
"Consider some of the qualities required that are listed in the job description. How do you embody these? Also think of ways you have gone above and beyond. Leadership, initiative, problem-solving, awards, achievements... these are all excellent to share when given the opportunity to show off your skills. Elaborate on how you will add value for this position in a way that others can't. How will you be an asset to the company? "
Manager answer example
"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."
Marketing answer example
"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."
Nursery and Greenhouse answer example
"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."
Patient Services Coordinator answer example
"Now is your time to shine! TeWhat sets you apart from the rest of the candidates? What is unique in your work history that will make them say YES and not NEXT? Can you type 65 WPM? Are you an expert on their financial software? Are you a new set of eyes or have 20 years of experience? You'll need to do your homework on the company in order to answer this question. Find out what their population and specialty is and how you fit into the equation. "
Quality Control Inspector answer example
"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."
Sales answer example
"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."
Surveillance Operator answer example
"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."
Teacher answer example
"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."
University Administrator answer example
"Before your interview, you should create a list of your strengths. Write down your accomplishments in your past roles that relate to this position. Knowing your accomplishments and strengths in this role, will not only help you answer this question but will help you answer several more throughout your interview.
The reason we recommend writing down your answers is that it should help trigger accomplishments in which you may have forgotten.
Here is an answer example: "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."
Veterinarian School answer example
"“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.”"