This is one of the questions that is most definitely asked in an HR interview. The answer influences your chances of selection as a candidate to a great extent. The HR gleans quite a lot about you from this answer, like what sets you apart from your competitors, your ability to market yourself, and expected value addition to the employer.
Remember that in an HR interview, the interviewer is concerned about the company’s culture and values along with your technical skills. The interviewer will look for the potential in a candidate to be a team player and have transferable skills. They will judge your capacity to help develop the company and others in the company, well, eventually, maybe in the role of a mentor or such
Make the job of the interviewer easier by convincing him/her that you are indeed who they are looking for. Prove by words that you will be the best fit for the company and a great addition to your team. Be ready with the list of reasons why they should choose you over the other equally well-qualified applicants. Irrespective of whether the interviewer specifically asks questions on your strengths and reasons, be sure to work them into the interview.
How should you go about answering this question?
The answer is quite simple. The first thing is to be concise. You would have already discussed your strengths, weaknesses, and skills. Ensure that you are maintaining consistency in your answer. You would do well to remember that you should NEVER bluff in an interview. Always put your best foot forward
What topics should you touch upon while answering your question?
Structuring your answer.
Research the job posting on the company’s website. Do in-depth research on the company and the type of services they provide.
Make a list of all the mandatorily required skills for the job.
Don’t brag. Just highlight the best and leave it at that. Don’t give details unless requested by the interviewer.
There are some personality traits that cannot be taught but are a part and parcel of a person. These can also be counted as skills. Your general attitude, decisiveness, adaptability, affable personality, and reliability are some such qualities.
Points to sell across to the interviewer:
You have the right skill set to get the job done.
You are ready to work hard.
You take criticism and turn it into a positive result.
You will also play nice with your team and other personnel.
Your goals and ambitions work well with the company’s goals.
You are the best fit for the position and for the company.
Be confident as you pitch your answer to the HR. Enthusiasm is another factor which draws the interviewer towards you. Keep in mind that most of the candidates who reach the interview round are more or less qualified. In the current competitive job scenario, it is not enough just to be qualified; one should be ready to walk an extra mile. And also knowing how to get this point across will ensure that you cross from being a prospect to the other side.