How to Answer the Question "Why Are You A Good Fit for This Job?"

Sean Ahern
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We’ve all been asked it: “Why are you a good fit for this job?” Some people respond by listing all of their strengths, others provide past accolades, and others simply go blank. The fact of the matter is that you’ll need to prepare well in advance for this question for each and every interview. This is arguably one of the most crucial questions to answer, as it can potentially save an interview that isn’t going to well, but could also ruin your chances at the same time if answered poorly.

The key to answering this question is understanding exactly what it’s asking. It’s a very simple question, but many people overthink it. “Why are you a good fit for this job” is asking you to elaborate on relevant strengths and qualifications that resonate with the job duties and specific qualifications. The mistake that many people make is simply listing all of their strengths, or listing irrelevant strengths. An equally poor decision would be to give an incredibly common answer, such as listing several common soft skills that most everyone tends to have.

With this in mind, throughout your preparation for the interview you’ll need to study the exact qualifications and duties associated with the job you’re applying for. Hopefully, your own strengths and achievements match these to a fair degree. Take note of any skills that they place great emphasis on as well, and be sure to remember to stress that you’re really good at that particular skill. The trick is to think of the job description as a study guide for a test. However, just be careful not to completely regurgitate the description verbatim with your response; make yourself appear as the perfect candidate that just coincidentally shares all of the same strengths as those idealized in the job description. 

Once you’ve completed your goal of checking off all of the employer’s boxes, now you’ll want to add that little bit of shine at the end to differentiate yourself from the competition. Explain to the employer how you’re a great fit in a functional sense (as in you are more than capable of doing the job proficiently) and then add something extraneous that suggests you can do the job and also offer additional value. For example, if you’re capable of working with every software application that the job requires, but are also highly skilled in additional software, and you can do a backflip, be sure to include those extra skills in your response (although the ability to execute a perfect backflip is highly irrelevant and could probably be left out).

Finally, a little passion never hurts. Explain that you’re a great fit for this job because it’s what you’ve always dreamed of doing. Be sure to mention how you’d enjoy coming to work every day and how your personality and ideals align with what the position entails.


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  • Nancy Anderson
    Nancy Anderson

    @Fred Seaman - thanks so much for your comment. Keep us posted and let us know if it worked!!

  • Fred Seaman
    Fred Seaman

    I appreciate articles like this because I know I've been the person at the beginning before. So thank you. There's a company now that I'm trying to get hired with that asked in the application why I want to work with them. I think I can proudly say I followed the advice in the latter part of the article by telling them their mission and values aligned with mine as well and ended it by saying that the position entails 2 of my favorite things, making customers happy and technology.

  • Brian A.
    Brian A.

    Love challenges and making a difference. Lead by example

  • iqbal a.
    iqbal a.

    i want to flourish my knowledge in my field of interest and mentioned professions.

  • Richard C.
    Richard C.

    Thanks for the help

  • Dominic A.
    Dominic A.

    Thanks for the information

  • Dominic A.
    Dominic A.

    to improve my skills

  • Lou Ann S.
    Lou Ann S.

    Good advice.

  • Janet Schertzer
    Janet Schertzer

    This is great advice. And I am authentic when presenting my skills.

  • Mahamed M.
    Mahamed M.

    Well according to my education and my profesional experience am applicable to this position

  • Rhonda D.
    Rhonda D.

    I am able to work independently as well as work with a team

  • Elena R.
    Elena R.

    Thank you for this!!!

  • Jeannie A.
    Jeannie A.

    I am able to work independently as well as work with a team.

  • John A.
    John A.

    Thank you very much for this.


    This gives me a lot to consider and tailor my thoughts. Thanks!

  • Farrah C.
    Farrah C.

    Great tips!

  • Mary L.
    Mary L.

    Great tips! Thank you!


    great advise

  • Muhammad H.
    Muhammad H.

    Its really very helpful tips.

  • Irina R.
    Irina R.

    Thank you so much.

  • Gina M.
    Gina M.

    great info, thanks!

  • Nancy S.
    Nancy S.

    thanks a lot


    Very helpful, thank you.

  • Alsenia D.
    Alsenia D.

    Thanks! Good info to know.


    Hola fantástico, bediciones.

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