What would you say if they ask you this question in an interview?

@alvanloh (162)
Singapore
June 26, 2011 9:08am CST
I need help. Everytime i go to for an interview, an the interviewer ask me a question, I have no idea what to say. The most common question's are: "Why do you think our company should hire you?" I will say "Because I'm extremely hardworking". But what if he answer's back by saying ," All the interviewee who i have just interviewed just now say they are extremely hardworking. What make you so special?" This is a question that i have no idea how to reply so please help. "What are your strengths and weakness?" This is another extremely difficult question. If i tell him my strengths, i would most probably say all the good things about myself. But wouldn't that make me look very arrogant? And If i tell him my strength, wouldn't he know what I'm bad at and not hire me? If i tell him that i have no weakness? Will he not think that I'm very arrogant again? Also how to i dress to make myself look presentable in front of the interviewer. And what should i do if i get extremely nervous and you heart starts to beat like crazy? Thank you.
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12 responses
26 Jun 11
Interviewer always ask questions that are hard to answer - that's their job. The trick is to avoid all the standard things like saying you're a perfectionist (they know them by heart). "Why do you think our company should hire you?" Because I'm qualified, hard-working and most of all interested in what you do. (Or "because I need the money", but they probably won't like that!) "Everyone says that, what makes you so special?" Since I haven't spoken to the other interviewees, I can't compare myself to them. But I know I work hard, am honest and reliable. (Or "we're all special in the eyes of the Flying Spaghetti Monster"... but again, they probably won't like it!) "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" I'm too old now to try to baffle them with clever answers on this one, so I'm honest: my main strength is that I learn really quickly and can turn my hand to almost anything; my main weakness is that I'm reactive, not proactive, so I need someone to point me at what needs doing (though they can leave me to run with it, no worries). As far as I'm concerned, it's always better to be honest. That way, nothing you say can come back and bite you later. And you'd be surprised how many interviewers are bored with hearing the same answers time and again... honesty is refreshing.
1 person likes this
• Philippines
27 Jun 11
Honesty is refreshing as well as interesting to hear. Every new idea is brought about by honesty. Great views you got here. Very helpful. Thanks for the TIPS. Appreciate it.
• Philippines
27 Jun 11
So what's your idea with this question: I resigned from a previous employer and I applied for another, question is: "Why did you resign from your previous employer?"
@jacklintan (1302)
• Malaysia
27 Jun 11
the question when they asked about your strength and weakness is to see how you responded and get you far you go beyond these questions. I think from your discussion, I can tell you're a genuine person. Eventhough you told the interviewer your strength and weakness,i juz dun think they will take it bluntly by believing it. They have to spend sometime with you during probation period in order to tell your S and W. Just be sincere and dont over dress and over exaggerated yourself. Good luck with your interview
@alvanloh (162)
• Singapore
27 Jun 11
You seem to know alot. Have you been a interviewer before. Thanks for your advice.
• Malaysia
27 Jun 11
You're welcome. ;) Ya i am
• Netherlands
26 Jun 11
strenghts and weakness. strengts is that I am quick of understanding and need only two words to understand what needs to be done. weakness, I like to do my own work myself, do not like to pass it on. (could also be seen a plus) the company should hire you because you are the right person for it, tell him about other jobs you had and the tasks that were the same. Dressing it depends on the job. For an office job I would wear a black pants with a blouse. A suit might be overdoing it. Except off course you are doing an interview for a management function.
@alvanloh (162)
• Singapore
27 Jun 11
Okay, Your advices are noted. Thanks. I like how the weakness can also be a strength. I a little afraid of going off board. What if he has no interest in what I'm saying?
• Netherlands
27 Jun 11
If he has no interest in what you are saying, he should not be taking the interview. There could be other reasons. Maybe they have had the right person for the job from within the company and for form they take interviews as part of firm policy. Other reason could be that there was someone before you that had better qualifications, or more experience. There is nothing you can do about that! Dont worry about it too much, just prepare yourself. Go to the firms website, read in. Look at the about us as mentioned at almost ever website and prepare. Wonder why you want to work there and get excited about it. During the interview your interviewer will see your enthousiasme and this is positive. Be secure, you ARE the girl for the job. You just have to make them believe you, with my pointers this should be a piece of cake! ;) Let me know how it went!?
@ritzz07 (791)
• India
26 Jun 11
hi alvonloh this is good question asked by you many people dont know how to answer this let me tell you my experience they they ask me this question"why do you think our company hire you?" i always answer,"becouse i have comprehensively problem solving ability,and always willing to learn new thing and i am facilitate to work with ease with team and all coleague ." and trust me they never ask me cross question.....
@ritzz07 (791)
• India
26 Jun 11
sorry some error in sentence "because i have comprehensievly problem solving ability and always willing to learn new things and i am facilitate to work with ease with team and coleague." after this ans even they dont ask about strenght and weekness
@alvanloh (162)
• Singapore
27 Jun 11
Its okay. Thanks for the advice. I will be sure add your answer with others so i can definitely get the employed. But just to be save, I will still prepare my strenght and weakness because you never know what they're going to say.
• United States
26 Jun 11
i have had these questions asked to me a lot. Why do you think your company should hire you? well sir or madam that is a very good question and a very easy one at that. You should hire me because im dedicated to any and all tasks thrown my may. i will not give up on a job until it is complete. i am a very trustworthy person and this all allowed me to be an asset to your company. now when they ask for strengths give them depending on the job, if you have to use computers tell them how fast you type tell them all the programs you know. when it comes to a weakness you can have something silly that doest even apply to the job. i got a job by telling the employer that my weakness was not being able to pass up a hot out of the oven brownie. you could say that your weakness is anything. and its okay not to have any weaknesses in that job field dressing id say find out what there dress code is. target is red polo shirt and tan pants. wal-mart is a blue or green shirt depending if its the small shop or big shop. however if its for like a custodian job you wouldn't dress in rags dress in your best attire. don't go buy a suit and fancy shoes.
@alvanloh (162)
• Singapore
27 Jun 11
Are you sure you can tell the interviewer that your weakness is not being able to pass up a hot out of the oven? Your employer must be a really cool guy. Imagine i tell the interviewer that my weakness was superman's green crystal, Kryptonite. Wonder what his reaction would be. Anyway, Thanks for the advice. Really appreciated it.
• United States
27 Jun 11
lol hot out of the oven brownie. but yah why not if its a weakness. or you could simply say would you like any weakness or a weakness pertaining to the job. and if he says to the job then simply give him what you know least about. explain that you do know a lot but would like to know more.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
27 Jun 11
All the feelings that you mentioned above are normal under such a circumstance. A job interview can really put one in great stress. The best way to lessen the stress is to prepare for it. Dress appropriately--meaning clean and decent from head to foot. The answers to those tough questions depends on the truth. Just give them the truth. If you think your strongest point is your being a hardworker, then say it. If the interviewer will say that everybody else said that, then you need to qualify your answer. Try to focus only on your strengths and as much as possible avoid mentioning your weaknesses especially when it has something to do with the work.
@alvanloh (162)
• Singapore
27 Jun 11
Okay. Thanks for your advice. I be sure to remember them. Okay, i will do my best tp avoid talking about my weakness unless necessary.
• United States
26 Jun 11
Be honest: Why should this company hire you? Because I am good worker who comes to work on time when I am supposed to. I will do what is asked of me without fail. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Strengths, hardworking, kind, can follow directions well, no complaining, etc. Weaknesses well that one you have to honestly know what your weaknesses are. If you think you don't have any they would like you to say at least one thing that you are weak at and could improve. Dress for the job. If it is a construction type job you wouldn't wear a suit to the interview, but wear dress pants and a dress shirt. If it is a more formal type job then dress formal. If a woman the same rule applies. Always be sure hair is clean and neatly trimmed, not too much jewelry or perfumes, iron your clothes. If you become nervous, I think everyone does, just take a few deep breaths and concentrate. Always give a good firm handshake, and keep eye contact.
@alvanloh (162)
• Singapore
27 Jun 11
Thanks a lot for your advices.I be sure to say something for my weakness but something that doesn't not have that much importance in the job. But taking deep breaths only make me even more nervous. My heart beats like hell.
• Philippines
26 Jun 11
Being an interview can be nervously exhausting at times. You have to take it easy and beat out the nervousness that may trap you throughout the interview. A common answer to "Why do you think our company should hire you?" may be like your areas of strength. This is an interview and you are selling yourself to the company. Point out to your strengths constantly.Being arrogant is different from being confident. I suggest that you practice yourself a day before the interview to lessen your fear about it.
@alvanloh (162)
• Singapore
27 Jun 11
You mean a common question... Anyway, Thanks for your advice on being confident.How do i practice with myself? By using a mirror?
@petersum (4526)
• United States
26 Jun 11
I went to one interview and was asked why I wanted to work in that particular company. I replied that I wasn't aware of what the company did or what they made. After some very surprised looks, they eventually told me that they made very hush-hush rocket and missile parts. To which I said, "Thank you but I don't want that kind of work." as it was very obvious that I wasn't going to be offered a job.
@alvanloh (162)
• Singapore
27 Jun 11
How can you be not aware of what the company does and go for an interview? How do you know that there was a interview in the first place? Hush-hush rocket and missile parts? was he being sarcastic or what? cause i cant tell.
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
30 Jun 11
There are a couple of aspects to such questions. There is no right or wrong answer for such questions, but usually the body language and how you express it matters a lot. For e.g. for the first question, saying hardworking is too generic. A better approach at answering that question would be to find some background of the company and go like this "As the company's focus is on medical devices and I have previous domain experience working with medical devices, I think my skills and experience can really help the company in so and so manner." Such specific answers generally get the attention of the interviewer and it can also be used to push him towards topics that you are comfortable. Regarding the second question, it is better to describe strengths that are really significant which can dwarf the weaknesses into insignificance. Cheers! and all the best! Ram
• United States
28 Jun 11
I really hate those thinking on your feet questions. I am no good at thinking on my feet, I always come up with something better after I probably either talked too much or didn't say the right thing. I would say something along the lines of what we call corporate casual would look nice. Or if you have seen other employees there observe the style of clothing they are wearing before your interview and then try to make it look equal to or nicer than.
@mantis36 (4238)
• Philippines
27 Jun 11
it make you special than your competent applicant mate.... and the answer which has a resemblance to: Absorb what is useful... Reject what is useless... Add what is your own.... and all of this is useless if it doesn't put to work....