In every interview, you will always find yourself facing the question, “why are you the right person for the job?” or something similar. Interviewers always ask this question if they want to hear from you why you believe you are the person they are looking for.

While it sounds simple, the answer to this question must be convincing enough to show that you are the right person for the job, and they don’t need to look anymore.

Here are some tips on how you can answer this question perfectly and clinch that position you are dreaming of:

1. Always Highlight Your Skills

When framing your answer to this question, you should pause to review all the required skills in the job description. While you list your skills on your resume, you may have other skills you didn’t mention, like your ability to improvise and your loyalty. However, you need to provide evidence of these soft skills and prove how they can help you with your position.

2. Show Evidence

It is easy to say you have a specific skill, but you must prove it to convince the interviewer. Provide examples of using these skills to succeed in an activity or event.

3. Show Why Your Experience And Skills Are Unique

If you are applying for a position in a specific niche, show why your experience, background and skills would perfectly suit the role. For example, if you are familiar with game development and applying for a job at a game development magazine, explain which aspects of game development you can write about and how you will make it entertaining.

4. Share Why You Are Passionate

You can also use personal experience to explain why you are the person who deserves the job opportunity. For example, suppose you are applying for a position that offers vocational training to those in need. In that case, you can share what led you to develop a drive to help the underprivileged.

5. Let Them Know How You Can Help The Company Beyond What They Asked

Before your interview, make it a point to research the company. This will help you create a personalized response to this question to show the company that you can offer more than the job description. You can indicate the company’s weaknesses and explain why your inclusion in the company will be a plus.

6. Keep Your Answer Short And Straight To The Point

Ensure your answer is short and straight to the point. Do not go beyond what was asked or ramble about anything unrelated to the question.

During a job interview, your task is to ensure that you show the interviewer that you are the one they are looking for. Make sure that you prepare in advance and reread the job description. With some preparation and review, you can answer this key question flawlessly and increase your chances of clinching that job. Best of luck!

Looking at scoring that interview to the gateway of your dream job? Check these helpful tips:
Answer That Interview Question: What are You Passionated About?
How to Overcome Job Interview Anxiety
Best Ways to Prep for your Dream Job Interview

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7 replies on “6 Things to do to Show You Are the Right Person for the Job?

  1. This question came at me in a job interview in July. My answer was definitely short and straight to the point: I told them I was the best person for the job because there wasn’t anyone else in the city who could do it.
    I backed that up by pointing out that the firm was readvertising the role through their secondary agency. I left unsaid that the agency I applied to had called back within an hour or two – that does suggest a certain degree of desperation.
    You won’t be surprised that I didn’t get the job. The ad ran through to mid-August; I assume they found someone else. Perhaps if I’d given the evidence first and the short straight summary as the conclusion, I might have got it. However I don’t regret speaking the way I did. I think it’s a daft question. How am I supposed to compare myself to the other applicants? I don’t know anything about them.
    But the best part of it was seeing the interviewer’s response. Rabbit caught in the headlights. I kind of knew then that my chances were shot, but employers often take this attitude of ‘You should be grateful if we hire you’ and right now that arrogance needs to be curtailed.
    PS: Just to finish the job off, when she gave me the opportunity to ask questions I pointed to a string of negative employer reviews on Glassdoor. To her credit she didn’t brush them aside and dismiss them. She gave the best straight answer that she could. Still, as soon as the meeting was over I’m sure she scribbled NO[DELETED] WAY!!! across my name.

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  2. Great blog post! I think structuring your answers around the job description is a smart move. And when you don’t have the experience, to highlight your willingness to learn new skills. I’ve found that to be an honest approach.

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