The following are example answers to this interview question that you can use as inspiration when crafting your own:
Example Answer #1
My previous job at Customer Service Co. helped provide me with excellent communication and organization. My daily responsibilities included managing customer feedback and relaying it to the team, answering incoming customer calls, and compiling customer information to keep it accessible for the team. These responsibilities held me accountable to ensure that nothing slipped through the cracks and the team was properly informed.
Why this works: Using specific instances in your response allows you to easily list your experience and expertise and tie it into the job role for which you’re interviewing. This answer works because it plainly lays out the candidate’s experiences from their previous job and how each one relates back to preferred qualifications for the new job role — communication and organization in this instance.
Example Answer #2
My communication and leadership skills make me a great candidate for the job. In my previous job, I oversaw a team of 10 employees and created a new communication system that increased productivity by 15% over the course of three months. I’m confident that I can bring this type of success to this position.
Why this works:By stating upfront the preferred qualifications you’ll be discussing from the job role, you can more easily connect the dots for the interviewer when you’re sharing your experiences — this example uses communication and leadership. This answer works because the candidate’s examples are specific and measurable and they use data points to provide authority for their experience and expertise.
Example Answer #3
I am confident that I am a good fit for this position for several reasons, but most specifically because of my dedication to going above and beyond in a job. I am committed to learning any new skills on my own to succeed in this role. For example, for my previous job, I educated myself on how to use Adobe Photoshop in my free time. This allowed me to incorporate graphic design into my marketing role which cut down on expenses for the company. I know that you are seeking a self-motivated individual for this job, and I am that candidate.
Why this works:Confidence is important when answering “Why are you the best fit for this job?” This answer works because the candidate not only used specific examples from their previous job, they also included specifics about their strong work ethic and how it relates to the job. In this case, the candidate uses being a self-starter to show value to the interviewer and turns it into something that benefits the company.