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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.

Direct was updated on February 13th, 2019. Learn more here.

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Why should I hire you over my other top candidate?

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Direct Interview Questions & Answers

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    Why should I hire you over my other top candidate?

      How to Answer

      Oh goodness, this kind of question can get your heart pounding if you are not fully prepared to make your case. Think of some unique and stand-out qualities that will stay with the interviewer, long after your interview. This reply is not the time or place to say that you pay keen attention to detail. Choose a specific skill that is a 'must-have' for the role, or focus on a pain point that you can solve by being hired. Rely on your past achievements to back up your reply. Make the interviewer feel as though they will not succeed without you!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "You should hire me over your other top candidate because, in addition to being an expert level user in the specific SAP module used here, I also have recognition specifically for the cost savings I have uncovered for my current company. You mentioned that you are concerned about overspending. I will ease that concern for you in the first 30 days."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I AM your top candidate, and your obvious choice because of my ability to streamline your calendar and find new vendors with better pricing, within the first couple of weeks of employment. I am well-versed in supporting C-suite executives and know exactly how to jump into this role with minimal training which means less downtime for you."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "You mentioned today that the biggest pain-point for your business is currently the bulkiness of some of your processes. Streamlining process is my forte. This stand-out skill is one of the reasons why my current company promoted me to management faster than anyone in their organization's history. I look forward to delivering the same results to your organization."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "In addition to meeting all of the must-have's for your role I also have an active social media following full of clients and followers that I can bring to your agency. I am an active vlogger on YouTube and a budding social influencer on LinkedIn. These days, effective marketing is all about social proof, and I have that."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "You should hire me over your top candidate because I have the data and numbers to back up my statements. I have been retail salesperson of the month for the past nine months straight. This award is measured not only by sales targets but also customer satisfaction reviews. I will elevate the level of customer service here which you mentioned is an urgent need."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "Sales is all about competition, winning, and results. I have brought with you my numbers from the past twelve months so that you can see I mean it when I say that I can perform a hard close, I negotiate well, and my customers come back again and again. I am ready to prove myself here."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "You should choose me for this role because I am already an active figure in this community. My children went to your school, and I have even been on the parents' association here. I am a major proponent of community development and fundraising. I can encourage more parent participation and community involvement, which are two areas you mentioned you needed to develop."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Medical Transcriptionist Interview

      "I always enjoyed working with computers and computer programs. Even though I enjoyed reading about the human body and how it works, I wasn't sure if I would be comfortable working on the clinical side of the medical field. So, I decided to choose a career
      that gave me the opportunity to use my computer skills while contributing to the medical field at the same time."

      Angela's Answer for an Executive Assistant Interview

      "I currently work in a heavily regulated environment, and with that comes frequent guidance changes from regulators. When Covid hit, there were a significant number of changes that came through, and I was required to oversee my department's changes. The team felt a lot of frustration around the constant change and knowing how contagious negativity can be, I was quick to redirect my peers and offer my support to help them transition through the changes. In providing that support, we found effective ways to track the updates to keep everyone in the know. Additionally, we built out a framework to launch future changes and conducted post mortems to improve those launches each time."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Study Abroad Advisor Interview

      "I noticed your company works with Chinese students who want to study overseas. I've lived and worked in China for 10 years and am experienced with helping them apply for schools abroad. I think I can bring a multicultural advantage to this organization."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Administrative Officer Interview

      "In my current role I spend at least one day per week reviewing the SOP's that need updating. Last year, in collaboration with my executive team, I created a list of processes that I believed needed anything from small updates to complete overhauls. I continue to work my way through this list. Once I have completed a project, I will send it to the appropriate stakeholders for editing and final approval."

      Christina's Answer for a Writer Interview

      "When I need to decipher a credible source from a non-credible one, I will look at the type of publication first. If the source is a personal blog, I will take the time to dig deeper and find something from The New York Times or Business Insider, for instance. I am always open to finding new sources so, if there are any that you prefer to lean on, I would love to hear more."

      Darby's Answer for an Urologists Interview

      "I would tell someone who is considering urology to read gather as much information as possible about the specialty, about the schools that offer urology instruction, and to chase their dreams until they catch them."

      Rachelle's Answer for a TSA Screener Interview

      "I am confident that, after clearing all stages of the TSA Screener interview process, your administration will find me to be a promising candidate with many assets to offer. I am highly engaged in this process and the TSA ethos. I come fully competent and prepared to uphold your values of integrity, hard work, respect for others, professionalism, and team spirit. In addition to this eager attitude and willingness to learn, I am trilingual in English, Spanish, and French. I have a Diploma in Criminal Justice, where I learned foundational approaches necessary to succeed as a TSA Screener, such as Effective Communication, Police and Security Techniques, and Security Reporting. These are just a few of the ways that I will contribute to the TSA's initiatives and represent this esteemed administration with complete enthusiasm."

      Lindsay's Answer for a Chemical Technician Interview

      "I have a lot of research about this company, and there are many reasons that I feel that this partnership would be beneficial to both myself and the organization. I am eager to be a part of the development of COVID-19 remedies. I know that your company has a Pharma division that is strongly focused on the creation of these remedies, and I feel that it would make a huge impact on the healthcare industry. I believe that my prior professional experience and my educational background would make me a great partner for this organization. If hired for this position, I would contribute to the success of this company by working towards the development of medicinal remedies for COVID-19 by contributing my expertise and prior experience in Pharma development and clinical trials."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Electrician Apprentice Interview

      "I believe you should hire me because I bring the right blend of experience and skills, I am familiar with the type of industrial projects that you work with, and I have top marks in my electrical courses. After meeting me and discussing my qualifications further, is there any particular reason why you would hesitate to hire me?"

      Ryan's Answer for a Fitness Instructor Interview

      "I design exercise programs that are safe and tailored to my client's needs. I have a strong background in anatomy and specialize in injuries and training athletes. I have proven myself dependable in my past roles, always showing up on-time and following through."

      1 Community Answer

      Anonymous Answer

      "Having ran my own business, I have a wealth of experience working on a multitude of projects, building teams, developing relationships with partners, and everything that goes with leading a company. In terms of UX design, I have a passion and empathy for the user that comes as second nature to me because of my experience in sales & marketing. I'm easy to work with, I welcome feedback, and I'm always looking for ways to improve the quality of my work."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your answer is unique and will help you stand out against other candidates. Good job!

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