The interviewee wants to know if your company is a good fit for themselves just as much as you want to make sure they are a good fit for your company. You’ve probably discussed the strongest assets of the applicant, and now they are asking, “Where would they fit in this field” or “Where would they be helpful in this organization” Open-ended questions always contribute to dialogue, so be upfront with your applicant and gather more information.
Points to Emphasize
Much of how you respond to this is what the applicant said about their strongest skills
- Be very general, so that you don’t wander into personal territory that could lead to a claim of discrimination.
- Be honest and assess where the strengths do fit in.
- Try to express their strengths positively.
- Use the question to dialogue to gather more information.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
When the applicant asks questions, you have to maintain control of the interview.
- Don’t give false hope to the applicant about getting the position.
- Keep the interview focused on the job they’re applying for.
- Don’t assume that the person actually possesses the skills they’ve given you. Try to get examples of their expertise.
- Don’t get too personal.
When answering any question, you always want to maintain control of the interview. Asking a question as a follow-up to your statement directs the conversation where you want it to go.
“You identified one of your strongest skills as being able to negotiate with others. Our company is extremely cooperative in nature and we often work in teams. In fact, this is becoming more common among all industries. What would you do if you and a team-member didn’t agree on a key factor of a project”
“One of your self-identified skills is your ability to be a quick learner. Have you ever had anything that you didn’t learn quickly and how did you react”
When the applicant asks about your assessment of their strengths as they fit into your company culture, it gives you the opportunity to assess their true nature. Take advantage of getting more information by turning the tables on them and asking them for concrete examples of how they exhibit this strength.