You may get a question during an interview like, “What qualifications do you have that make you successful in this career” or “What professional skills have you acquired in this field”
A hiring manager will ask this question to get a sense of your background. He wants to know your previous success in the field in order to know how successful you will be in the job you’re applying for. He uses the term “qualifications” to help ensure that your skillset is measurable.
Points to Emphasize
When answering this very important question, be sure to sell yourself and your capabilities.
- List any professional classes or associations, test scores or years of experience.
- Pair your qualifications with how specifically they have translated to success in the field.
- If you can’t think of anything that directly connects, mention any college classes or credits, or internships, etc.
- When you discuss your past success, mention something as tangible as possible like increased productivity or streamlined processes.
This question is your cue to show off and sell yourself. Make you answer as thorough as possible to prove your worth.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
This question is very important to landing the job. In order to help ensure your success, avoid the following mistakes:
- Don’t sell yourself short or express uncertainty about your qualifications.
- Don’t list anything that isn’t true, as it may need to be substantiated.
- Avoid saying you don’t have qualifications at all costs; rather, know that anything can be listed as a qualification no matter how minute it may seem.
- Don’t just list qualifications without also showing how they have helped make you successful.
This question presents one of your biggest chances to shine during the interview, so don’t downplay this opportunity to sell yourself.
Below are two examples of how to answer a question regarding your qualifications:
I receive certifications on an ongoing basis for C++ including XYZ, ABC, and 123. In addition, I also have three years of field experience and have received high scores during my 6-month evaluations. All this has helped me to be effective in my career and has resulted in steady promotions.
I began my career in library science by scoring in the 99th percentile for the entry-level exam. Since that time, I have taken professional online courses, which I have passed with high scores. The courses have helped me facilitate changes in circulation desk procedures.
The hiring manager wants to hear in your own words what makes you the best candidate for the job.