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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 do you think you will be successful in this role?

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  1. 1.

    Why do you think you will be successful in this role?

      How to Answer

      This question is another version of 'Why should we hire you?' Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond, focus on how your qualities and skills will help you to exceed expectations. If you can, match your strengths to the requirements outlined in the job description.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I will be successful in this role because I come prepared with experience, equipped with passion and opportunistic when it comes to making a valuable contribution."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "The job description itself seems like I wrote it with me in mind! My skill set and career goals precisely align. I am committed to making a short and long-term impact when it comes to employee development, onboarding new talent, and creating a culture dedicated to positivity and brand loyalty."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I have been a customer for years, so I understand what your customers want. Couple that knowledge with my experience in sales, and you have a winning candidate! I know how a sales team operates and what they need for support from marketing, to be successful."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "You mentioned earlier that it had been a constant challenge to find reliable staff. I am well qualified, enthusiastic, and this has been my dream company for as long as I can remember. I know that I want it more than anyone else and you will not be disappointed in my work ethic."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I am confident I will be successful in this role because of the continued successes I've demonstrated over my career in sales. I have consistently exceeded sales metrics, exhibited leadership qualities, and been a team player. Not to mention, I have always taken on more responsibility and looked for the next challenge without being prompted."


      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I am a dedicated teacher who also brings the experience and interest in leading the extracurricular activities of our students. I know this interest is significant to you when filling this role. In my current teaching role, I also act as a moderator for the debate club, and took our girls' soccer team to Nationals!"

      Ronda's Answer for a Senior Account Manager Interview

      "I know I'll succeed at this job because I'm qualified and passionate about your mission. I am excited about the idea of delivering value to your organization that has been developed from over five years of accounts and client management. I've also been committed to continuous professional development so I always have the latest industry knowledge."

      5+ Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I will be successful in this role because I have education and experience that relate to this job. And I know this department also provides tools and resources that will help me to succeed."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This answer is too general to position you as a stand-out candidate. Try matching your strengths to the specific tasks mentioned in the job description. I have provided an example below.

      "I will be successful in this role because, in addition to my related education and experience, I have taken additional coursework on (A) and (B). 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."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have experience leading teams during high-growth in dynamic industries. I am very committed to providing exceptional service to internal clients, understanding the business, and ensuring that HR initiatives support and align with the companies goals."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Strong answer! You do a wonderful job showcasing your strengths and how they will benefit your future employer.

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