Many interview questions can be misleading. What is actually being asked is often not readily apparent. If you are able to understand the hidden meaning, you will be able to provide especially strong answers.
The question, “What qualifications do you have that make you successful in this career is among the more straightforward questions you may be asked, but there are still some subtle aspects you should understand. Rather than listing your actual qualifications, it might be useful to think of this question as, How are you qualified This means you can include less professional or official experiences that would not belong on your resume.
Points to Emphasize
Being asked about your qualifications is a rare opportunity to sell yourself. You should jump at the chance and use these tips to make the most of it.
- Be unique. The most important thing you can do is find a way to stand out with your answer. They will ask this question to all the candidates, so you should have something unique.
- While you can choose to include something that might not be on your resume, you can also take the opportunity to highlight something that you think is the most impressive part of your resume.
- Adding a personal touch is especially effective. Experiences, within and outside the job, make effective answers to this question.
- You can show off a little. This will likely be your only chance to sell yourself, so you should paint yourself in the best light possible.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Even though this is an excellent opportunity, there are still ways to mess it up. Avoid these mistakes to make the most of this question.
- Avoid exaggeration. You should not have to stretch the truth to get the proper response. The interviewer will likely be able to recognize the exaggeration.
- Do not just read your resume. The interviewer has likely already read it. Find a new approach.
- Do not brag. Putting your best foot forward is good, but you cannot appear to be prideful.
- Avoid nondescript answers. Simply having several years experience is not a good answer. Likewise, having a strong work ethic is a weak response. Come up with something specific.
A strong answer to this question might be similar to this:
While I did have several years experience in this field with my previous job, that does not capture the skills I developed. I was working directly under an industry veteran and I was even able to gain extensive experience in more advanced areas that were outside my job.