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Why do you believe you are qualified for this position?

21 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

When you are trying to sell yourself, you need to be very clear about why you are the best fit for the company, their mission, the job description, and expectations. First look at the qualifications the interviewer wants in a candidate from the job description. Think of some examples of how you embody these qualities.

For example, if they are looking for someone who has excellent customer service skills and you have never worked in customer service, think back on some of your volunteer experience or any work you have done with school organizations. Your communication skills count! If you have resolved conflict with teammates or classmates, talk about what you did and how you have handled challenging situations between friends.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I believe that I am qualified for this position due to my blend of education in accounting as well as the internship hours that I bring. In your job posting, you are looking for someone passionate, ready to make an impact in this industry. This sentence describes me to a tee."

Admin
Answer example

"In addition to fitting the job requirements you have advertised, I also believe that my attitude and work ethic makes me qualified for this position."

Manager
Answer example

"I know that I am qualified for this entry-level management role because of the proven leadership skills I have displayed through my junior athletics career, and my volunteer experience. I have been the Captain of multiple sports teams and also successfully led 25 volunteers for Habitat for Humanity this summer. I understand how to motivate others while remaining focused on the task at hand."

Marketing
Answer example

"I believe that my education in Social Media Marketing qualifies me for this role and also the fact that I have built a solid social media presence for myself for the past three years. I understand the importance of creating compelling content while engaging with my followers. I look forward to handling your social media accounts with the same level of passion and care."

Retail
Answer example

"What qualifies me for this retail sales associate position at your electronics store is first, my passion for your products. I educate myself on this industry and the latest tech by watching YouTube tutorials and reading related tech mags. Second, I will be an excellent choice for customer service because I can troubleshoot nearly anything and have a keen ability to explain complicated tech concepts easily."

Sales
Answer example

"Beyond meeting all the educational qualifications, I think I would be an excellent personality fit for the role, the company, and the team. I'm eager, a fast learner, and am not afraid to ask questions. I have already learned a lot by speaking with you and the team leads. I enjoyed meeting everyone when I shadowed earlier today. This experience made me even more excited for the opportunity!"

Teacher
Answer example

"I recently graduated with my Masters' Degree in Education. This high degree makes me highly qualified. While attending school, I volunteered as an ESL tutor for newly landed immigrants. This experience helped me to shape my teaching style early on, which will also be beneficial to your school when I am first onboard, as I will have a more natural learning curve than most."

Ramp Agent
Answer example

"The skills a Ramp Agent must possess are time management skills, meticulousness and hardworking capabilities, which I possess. These qualities served me well in my last position at (X company name) where I was employed as a/an (X position title). In this role, I (X confirmation re: how/why your qualities benefitted you in this role)."

Critical Care Nurse
Answer example

"I am very detail-oriented. One of my strengths as a critical care nurse is to manage multiple medical tasks with the highest degree of excellence."

Genetic Counseling
Answer example

"I am a calm and communicative person. The ability to stay calm when things get tough is my best asset. I can listen to patients and create follow up plans accordingly. I can also listen to distressed patients and answer their questions and concerns in a calm manner. For instance, I had an older woman come in really worried about her grandson who she thought has some kind of a heart disease since he was adopted and was always running out of breath and tired. The cardiologist had referred her to us to run a genetic panel because she did not have any medical history on him. I stayed calm and told her that we would do everything in our power to find the defect and hopefully get her an answer."

Academic Advisor
Answer example

"Although I have five years' experience vs. eight years' experience I can do this job well. In my previous role, I was outperforming colleagues who had 12 years of experience. To me, it's all about drive and ability to be a quick study. I have all of these qualities and more."

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Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 12/16/2015
Last modified on: 11/21/2018

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