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What Can You Bring To The Company? – Key Interview Questions Answered

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“What can you bring to the company?” This is one of the most commonly asked questions in job interviews, but knowing how to answer it can be tricky. The answer relies on having and explaining knowledge about both yourself and the company. Being confident but not ‘cocky’ in what you can bring to the team isn’t easy and you will need to have done your research on the company to show you understand your fit.

One of the most challenging aspects of a job interview is answering questions correctly as it can be difficult to know what the interviewer is looking for in your response. We will advise you how to look for clues.

In this article, we will discuss how to consider this question and explain what we think the interviewer hopes to hear from you. We also look at similar common interview questions and how you might want to consider answering.

Common Job Interview Questions

You will find that as well as questions regarding your technical skills and qualifications for a specific role, most interviewers will ask a similar set of questions to get a better idea of who you are and what you are all about. You may like to explore our article on Interview mistakes to avoid too. These include:

1. “What can you bring to the company?”

When an interviewer asks you this question, they are trying to find out what value you think you would add to the company if they hired you. They want to know what makes you unique and why they should choose you over other candidates and also how you perceive yourself. This is important because it shows that you are confident in your abilities and have thought about how you would be an asset to the company. They also want to know that you know something about the company itself and in particular, the role you have applied for.

The best way to answer this question is to focus on your strengths and what makes you unique but making that answer fit to skills and attributes that fit the position you are applying for. You could talk about your work ethic, skills, experience, or anything else that would make you an asset. For example, you could say, “I have a strong work ethic and I’m very organised. I would be able to hit the ground running and wouldn’t need much training. I’m also a quick learner so I would be able to pick up new tasks quickly.”. The ideal place to start when you prepare for this question is to know in detail the job role descripion that the company has written. This should define exactly what they are after. Consider how your skillset fits their needs. “I notice that you are looking for someone who is good at coming up with new ideas. I have always found that I enjoy and am complimented on that skill. In my last job I ……….”.

Another way to answer this question is to talk about what you are passionate about and how it would benefit the company. For example, you could say “I’m very passionate about environmental issues and I would love to be a part of a company that is working towards making a difference. I know that your company is environmentally friendly and I would love to help contribute to that.”

No matter how you choose to answer this question, make sure that you sound confident and show that you have thought deeply about the answer. This will show you are thoughtful, well-prepared and have a clear vision of your potential role.

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2. “What do you know about our company?”

Far too many people go into a job interview without having taken the time to research the company they are interviewing with. This is a huge mistake and will make you look unprepared and uninterested in the role. This question is part of, “What can you bring to the company?”. Managers, directors and owners are often passionate about their companies. They want you to be too. Always try to make contact with companies before interviews to have your chance to ask these questions.

When an interviewer asks you this question, they want to know that you have taken the time to research their company and that you are genuinely interested in working for them. They also want to see if you would be a good cultural fit for the company. If you have already contacted the comany or been for a pre interview visit. Now is the time to say that you have done your homework! Then the best way to answer this question is to talk about what you liked about the company and why you want to work there. For example, you could say “I admire the work that you do and I would love to be a part of a company that is making a difference. “When I visited, I also liked the company culture and I think I would fit in well”.

Make sure that you cite specific examples of what you admire. A quick Google search will help you to find these. For example, you could mention how the company is environmentally friendly or how they are involved in charitable work.

It is important that you sound enthusiastic and that your answer is genuine. The last thing you want is to come across as insincere or like you are just trying to say what you think they want to hear.

3. “Can you describe a time when you worked well in a team?”

This question is designed to assess your ability to work with others and also to see how you handle working in a team environment. The interviewer wants to know if you are a team player and if you would be an asset to their team.

A good way to answer this question is to talk about a time when you went above and beyond to help your team. For example, you could say “I was working on a project with a tight deadline and one of my team members wasn’t able to complete their work on time. I offered to stay late and help them finish so that we would be able to meet the deadline.”

This answer shows that you are willing to go the extra mile to help your team and that you are a team player. It also shows that you are able to work well under pressure.

Another way to answer this question is to talk about a time when you took on a leadership role within a team. For example, you could say “I was working on a project with a team of five people. One of the team members wasn’t pulling their weight and it was starting to affect everyone’s work. I took them aside and talked to them about the situation. We were able to come up with a plan that helped them to catch up and we finished the project on time.”

This answer shows that you are able to take on a leadership role when necessary and that you are able to handle difficult situations.

No matter how you choose to answer this question, make sure that you sound confident and that you use specific examples. This will convince the interviewer that you haven’t just made the situation up (even if you have!)

4. “What leadership qualities do you have?”

Whether you are being interviewed for a leadership role or not, the interviewer wants to know if you have the qualities that are necessary to lead a team. These qualities include things like being able to take charge, being decisive and having the character and personality to inspire others.

If you have never been in a leadership position at work before, then you can talk about times when you have shown leadership qualities in other aspects of your life. For example, you could talk about a time when you organised a charity event or fundraising campaign or when you led a team in a sports competition.

If you have held a leadership position at work before, then you can talk about specific examples of when you have shown these qualities. For example, you could say “In my previous role as team leader, I was responsible for training new members of staff. I developed a training programme that was easy to follow and that covered all of the necessary information. The feedback I received from the new staff members was positive and they all said that they felt well-prepared for their roles.”

This answer shows that you are able to take charge when necessary and that you are able to develop effective training programmes. It also shows that you are good at giving feedback and that you are able to motivate and inspire others.

Whatever examples you choose to use, make sure that they are relevant to the role you are applying for. The interviewer wants to see that you have the qualities that are necessary to be successful in the role so that you can settle into your new position quickly.

5. “What are you looking for from this job?”

This question often has more to it than meets the eye. The reality may be that all you are looking for is money but the interviewer wants to know that you are applying for more than just the cash. They want to know that you are enthusiastic about the role and that you will be committed to the company.

The best way to answer this question is to talk about what you can bring to the company and how you can help achieve its goals. For example, you could say “I am looking for a challenging role where I can use my skills and experience to make a positive contribution to the company. I want to work for a company that is doing something that I am passionate about and that I can really believe in.”

This answer shows that you are looking for more than just a pay cheque and that you are interested in the job for its own sake. It also shows that you are enthusiastic about the company and that you would be a positive addition to the team.

When you are preparing for your interview, take some time to research the company so that you can talk about its goals and values. This will show the interviewer that you are really interested in working for them and not just any old company.

Whatever you say in your answer, make sure that it is positive and upbeat. The interviewer wants to see that you are excited about the prospect of working for the company and that you will be a motivated and engaged employee.

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6. “Where do you see yourself in 5/10/20 years?”

This question is intended to test your long-term commitment to the company. The interviewer wants to know that you are not just looking for a short-term fix and that you will stick around for the long haul.

When you answer this question, talk about your career goals and how they align with the company’s goals. For example, you could say “In five years’ time, I see myself in a management position. I would like to have responsibility for a team of people and to be able to help them develop their skills and careers. I know that your company places a lot of importance on career development so I feel that this is the perfect place for me to achieve my goals.”

This answer shows that you are interested in developing your career within the company and that you have a long-term commitment to the organisation. It also shows that you have researched the company and that you are familiar with its values.

Before your interview, research the company’s corporate ladder, internal promotion record and other relevant information. This will help you to develop realistic career goals that you can discuss with the interviewer.

When you are talking about your future, be positive and ambitious. The interviewer wants to see that you have high aspirations and that you are confident in your ability to achieve them.

7. “Do you have any questions?”

Far too many people answer “no” to this question but this is your opportunity to find out if this is the right job for you and to show your interest in the company.

Some good questions to ask include:

  • What are the main priorities for this role?
  • What challenges will I face in this role?
  • What opportunities are there for career development?
  • What is the company culture like?

Asking questions shows that you are interested in the job and that you have done your research. It also allows you to find out if this is the right job for you.

When you are asking your questions, make sure that they are relevant to the role and the company. Avoid asking questions that could be easily answered by looking at the job description or the company website.

Final Thoughts – What can you Bring to the Company?

There are many questions that you can expect to be asked in a job interview, including what can you bring to the company. Know the company and the job role. Do your homework – it will pay off. It sounds daft but know yourself and have some qualities ready to sell that fit the role. Make sure you are well prepared for each question and that you answer confidently and cite clear examples every time. Finally, don’t forget to thank the interviewer for their time and express your interest in the role. This will leave them with a positive impression of you and increase your chances of being offered the job. Good luck!

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