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Chances are that 95% of the times you will blow the answer to this question if you are unprepared for it.


This question will confuse you, as it is flagrantly asking you to start a self-praise. Most people do not know the difference between this and highlighting their strengths without sounding vainglorious or proud.

Best thing to do: Be Prepared for it.

Okay, so what is the purpose of this question? Some interviewers just ask this for the fun of it, believe me. They want to see how proud you can be, what all you will start ad-libbing. And sometimes the answers are pretty funny! For the serious panel persons, they want to know how much you are aware of yourself; whether you really know how to sell yourself without sounding arrogant.

How to answer this question

We now are aware of how important it is to uncover the employer’s needs before answering questions. Before an employer asks you this question, he would also ask himself, “Why should I hire him (you)”. So you need to help him answer this question. If you keep his needs in mind, you will give him better reasons for hiring you than anyone else.

Walk through the position's requirements as you understand them, and try to answer with a reason why you meet that requirement so well.

Example: "Sir, I understand that your company ABC is a telecom software company and this profile requires a person with strong background in programming. I have been one of the top (or better) programmers in my batch with a couple of prizes as well which I won in local as well as inter college tech fests. My strengths lie in C, C++ which I believe are the preferred languages used in the telecom industry. I like to program a lot and try out new algorithms to solve problems, which will be an asset to the company.

I am also aware of a little telecom and the latest happenings in the industry (say this only if you are really aware) and this field excites me a lot. If given a chance to learn and explore on the job, I am sure I will be able to come out with some pretty decent solutions to problems.”

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