Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
INTERVIEWS / AUG. 01, 2014
version 10, draft 10

How to Answer "What skills will you bring to this company?"

job interview
istock

During the weekends, I like to congregate with my friends and discuss about the job market experiences they’ve had during the week. I particularly pay keen interest to those that attended interviews. And having listened to quite a number of interview experiences, there is one factor that really cuts out most potential candidates. And that’s none other than required skills.

Picture this
So you’re in an interview. You’re confident and eager to clinch the contested lucrative job vacancy. You’ve presented all your academic papers and having answered a few random questions correctly, you expect to be chosen for the job... until the big question comes, 
" What skills will you bring to this company?"

Common mistakes made when answering this question
Unfortunately, most interviewees tend to focus so much on the interview itself that they fail to picture themselves applying their skills within the company. So, when answering the big questions, most candidates make the mistake of:

  • Presuming that their skills will ’automatically’ be inclined to company wants since they never did a thorough background check in the first place.
  • Being rash and indecisive as to what they’re capable of since most of them never seriously thought about their skill reputation before the interview.
  • Using their Academic Qualifications as a direct reference to answering this question and thus sounding predictably monotonous. Unfortunately, what many fail to realize is that exceptional skills don’t necessarily reside in academics. Plus, this tactic is definitely everybody’s secret.
  • Lacking sufficient evidence as proof of your capabilities. For instance, failing to reference milestones achieved thanks to your skill level.

Some Prior Precautionary measures
It therefore occurs that for you to effectively tackle this question, you’ve got to be prepared in advance by:

  • Constantly keeping tabs on your career strengths and weaknesses. You can do some daily self assessment in your career engagements and note down skills that define you better. That way, you’ll list them down conveniently in your resume before interview day.
  • Seek professional help from successful career acquaintances and inquire from them about the latest skills that are in high demand in various firms. That way, you’ll directly harness your energy towards viable skills relevant to prevalent job market conditions.
  • Do a background check of the firm you wish to work for. How are the affairs of the company handled? What particular skills are relevant for a particular vacancy? That way, you’ll be precise and straight to the point instead of running around in circles. 

Answering the big question
Now that you’re prepared, how do you respond to this question?

#1 Have the Company’s Best Interests in Mind
When the interviewing board asks this question, it already has in mind what it wants to hear. And just like good music, you’ve got to fine-tune and spice up your speech to suit their tastes and preferences. Otherwise, doing everything by the book will make you sound boring and predictably monotonous.

#2 Be Discreet yet Thorough
Even as you talk about your skills, you don’t have to rub them in the faces of the interviewing committee. Remember, some of them might not be as competent as you are and thus they wouldn’t take arrogance lightly. In fact, you might end up intimidating them. Therefore, it would be wise to mention what’s necessary and leave the rest of the thorough details in your resume.

#3 Be Brief, Interesting and Straight to the point
A good composition is usually brief yet captivating. Similarly, you’ve got to choose your words carefully to avoid making a long and boring speech. Moreover, there are many more interviewees waiting in line and so time is of the essence. All you have to do is to tap into your personality and let your playful side make the speech interesting and engaging to the interviewing committee.


When answering these questions, it’s not just the skills that are assessed. The way you handle this query also indicates the suitability of your personality, strengths of your principles and the reality of your flaws. It’s therefore essential to practice with a colleague on how you’ll present yourself during this critical moment as long as it doesn’t look rehearsed. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.

Get our FREE eBook!
'6 Steps to Landing Your Next Job'

LEAVE A COMMENT

0 comments

 

RELATED ARTICLES

How to Answer "What Do You Know About our Company?"
INTERVIEWS / JAN 24, 2015

Every job interview is a little different, but at the same time, many involve a standard battery of questions such as “why do you want the job?” and “what do you know...

How to Answer "What Would You Do If Your Company Was Doing Something Illegal?"
INTERVIEWS / OCT 15, 2014

When an interviewer asks this question, what they’re looking for is an evaluation of your character and your ethics. The whole purpose of this question is to discover...

confused looking what to do
INTERVIEWS / MAR 25, 2014

This may seem like quite an innocuous question to be asked either in an interview or on an application form, but it is actually quite a sneaky question. In essence it is...

How to Answer "What Gets You Up in the Morning?"
INTERVIEWS / APR 21, 2015

Here we go again – another round of job interviews and the inevitable probing into your life that comes with it. Among the variations of the common questions is one you...

How to Answer - "What Are You Most Proud Of?"
INTERVIEWS / JAN 11, 2015

One of the toughest job interview questions to answer is, “What are you most proud of?” It’s a popular question that comes up frequently, and it’s one that you can...

How to Answer: "What Book Are You Currently Reading?"
INTERVIEWS / JUN 11, 2014

“What book are you reading?” is one of those interview questions that seem to come out of left field…but it’s really not uncommon. The secret to answering it well is to...

Get our FREE eBook!
'6 Steps to Landing Your Next Job'
G up arrow