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Why do you believe you are qualified for this position?

1 of 21 No Experience Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on November 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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."

Machinist
Answer example

"Although I have 5 years' experience vs 8 years' experience I can absolutely 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."

Claims Adjuster
Answer example

"Although I have five years' experience vs. 8 years' experience, as a claims adjuster, 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."

Foreign Correspondent
Answer example

"I belive I am a great candidate because I am very unique in the way that I have a soft personality. People are willing to tell me their story because I am kind and inviting. However, I ask the hard questions when I have to."

Wildland Firefighter
Answer example

"I have been training all winter by backpacking through the wilderness and lifting weights. I have also completed wilderness safety training and previously worked as a volunteer firefighter. I am well-versed in fire safety and prevention and I know I'll make a great addition to your team!"

Management Analyst
Answer example

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Audio Engineer
Answer example

"I believe that I am a great fit for the job because I am very good at anticipating when speakers are going to change. I am able to work the audio board while also fielding calls into the radio show, and I can do multiple audio jobs at once."

Admissions Counselor
Answer example

"Although I have five years' experience vs. 8 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."

Clinical Laboratory Technician
Answer example

"I know I will be successful in this role because I have been working in this industry for five years with great training and mentorship. I have a solid understanding of X, Y, and Z (skills listed in the job description). Also, I have all of my updated certifications as outlined in your job description. I am well-prepared for this next step in my career."

Maintenance
Answer example

"In your job posting you were asking for a minimum of 8 years' experience in a general maintenance role with a highlight on electrical experience. I am a journeyman electrician with 12 years' experience in general maintenance. In addition to this, I come with excellent references and strong tenure."

Air Traffic Controllers
Answer example

"Some of the qualities that I possess which would make a great air traffic controller include my ability to think quick, be patient and my ability to be decisive. All of these qualities and my ability to handle pressure are just some things that would help me to be successful in this position."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
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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