“What Can You Bring to the Company?” Recruiter Shares Top Answers

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“What Can You Bring to the Company?” Recruiter Shares Top Answers

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Interview Questions and Answers

Actionable advice from real experts:

Biron Clark

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Biron Clark, Former Recruiter

Contributor

Kyle Elliott, Career Coach

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Hayley Jukes, Editor

There are a couple of reasons that employers ask what you can bring to their company or job, and you need to be ready to answer with confidence if you want to get hired! 

Drawing on my years as a recruiter, I’ll walk you through why interviewers ask this question, what qualities they’re looking for, the best ways to respond, and multiple answer examples.

By the end of the article, you’ll be well-equipped to answer this question and similar interview questions confidently. For example:

Highlights

  • Customize your response to address both the specific role and the organization/team.
  • Concentrate on how your job-related skills and experience align with the requirements and needs of the position/company.
  • Use the STAR method to structure your response and illustrate your capabilities through specific examples, demonstrating how your past experiences have equipped you to excel in the role and contribute to the company’s goals and objectives.

Why Employers Ask “What Can You Bring to the Job/Company?”

Having worked as a recruiter, I’ve found that hiring managers and employers ask this question for two main reasons:

1. Gauge Company Fit and Value

Employers ask this interview question to see if you’re confident in your abilities and if your skills and experience align with the job requirements and company culture. They’re basically assessing how much you can contribute to their success.

It’s a real chance to highlight specific talents, achievements, or qualities that set you apart.

2. Test Your Initiative and Research

Hiring managers want to hire someone who is researching employers and taking their time when applying and looking for the right fit, not just the first job they can find. 

They don’t want to hire someone who is just applying to hundreds of positions without thinking about whether the job is a good fit.

So your answer should always show that you’ve taken time to research and understand their role and organization.

Amanda Augustine, Career Expert, CPCC & CPRW, emphasizes the importance of this approach:

“This question allows employers to see if you’ve researched their company, its mission, and its goals. It’s also a chance for them to gauge your enthusiasm for the role and how you see yourself fitting in.”

Now that you know why employers ask this interview question, let’s look at how to answer it. 

How to Answer “What Can You Bring to This Company?”

As someone who has conducted countless interviews, I’ve found that candidates who clearly articulate their value proposition and fit within the company leave a lasting impression.

Here are my top tips to craft the perfect response:

1. Research the Company

Dive deep into the company’s website, social media platforms, and recent news articles. This will help you understand their mission, values, recent projects, and any challenges they might be facing. 

By tailoring your response to align with what the company values or needs, you can demonstrate a genuine interest and the potential to be a good fit for the role and the company.

3. Identify Your Skills and Strengths

Be sure to review the job description to identify the key skills and experience the company is seeking. This allows you to connect your own skills and experiences directly to the specific needs of the role.

It’s best to name specific job-related skills, not soft skills. This isn’t the time to say, “I’m hard-working, I’m detail-oriented, I have excellent problem-solving abilities…”

Instead, it’s better to say: “I’ve spent the past four years working on graphic design and branding projects. This directly aligns with the main focus of this role. In my previous position, I wasn’t just creating designs, but I was also working within the same industry you operate in. This means I can hit the ground running and contribute immediately, without needing extra time to learn the industry specifics.”

PRO TIP

When talking about your skills and experiences, make sure to relate them to what the company needs. Show the interviewer how you can help solve their problems and achieve their goals with your unique abilities.

3. Structure Your Answer: The STAR method

One of my top tips would be to use the STAR method for answering any behavioral question in a job interview.

For the question “What can you bring to the company?” you can adapt the framework to highlight how your past experiences directly translate into future contributions at the new company. 

Here’s how to break down the STAR method:

  • Situation: Start by setting the scene for a relevant situation at your previous job where you had notable success or demonstrated a key skill.
  • Task: Explain the specific challenge or objective you were faced with in that situation.
  • Action: Describe the actions you took to address that challenge or meet that objective, emphasizing your individual contributions and the skills you used.
  • Result: Detail the positive outcomes of your actions, emphasizing how these results demonstrate your capability to contribute similarly in the new role.

Conclude by explicitly connecting how this past experience and skill set will be beneficial in the new role and for the company you are applying for.

PRO TIP

Even if it sounds like they’re asking what you could bring to the company or team overall, I recommend talking about the job first! Then, you can finish by talking about how you’d help the company in general, but start with the value you’ll bring to the role you’re being considered for.

“What Can You Bring to the Company?” Example Answers for Different Industries

This section provides example responses using the STAR method for various fields to inspire you as you craft your response.

Healthcare

“My skills in quickly diagnosing illnesses using various methods and technologies and administering the appropriate medication, make me a perfect fit for the nurse practitioner role.

In my previous position as a nurse in a busy hospital, a patient was experiencing a severe allergic reaction. I had to quickly assess the situation and provide immediate medical intervention to stabilize the patient while also communicating effectively with the medical team.

The patient’s condition improved rapidly, and they were discharged after a short observation period. My experience in handling medical emergencies and coordinating with healthcare professionals demonstrates my ability to thrive in fast-paced environments and prioritize patient care, which I believe will be valuable in this healthcare role at Havenwood General Hospital.”

Retail

“My years of experience in assisting customers with their diverse needs and ensuring their satisfaction make me a great candidate for your retail supervisor position.

During my time as a retail associate, I encountered many situations where customers were dissatisfied with a product they had purchased. I listened attentively to all the customers’ concerns, empathized with their situation, and offered them a refund or exchange as per store policy.

I ensured all customers left the store feeling valued and appreciated, and most even returned later to make another purchase. My experience in providing exceptional customer service and resolving conflicts showcases my commitment to customer satisfaction, which I believe aligns well with the customer-focused approach of Thread & Spruce.”

Tech

“With my proficiency in diagnosing and resolving technical issues and my knack for developing innovative solutions, I believe I am well-suited for the software developer role.

For example, in my previous position, our team faced a critical bug in the software code just before a major release deadline. I collaborated closely with the team to conduct a thorough code review, debug the software, and develop a patch to fix the issue. As a result of my quick thinking and rigorous testing, the bug was successfully resolved, and the software release proceeded as planned without any major disruptions.

My experience in troubleshooting complex technical issues, collaborating with cross-functional teams, and delivering high-quality solutions under tight deadlines demonstrates my capacity to excel in a fast-paced tech environment, which I believe will be valuable assets at Horizon Technologies.”

Business

“With my expertise in analyzing business challenges and devising strategic solutions, I am a strong fit for the business analyst role. In my last job, I was tasked to conduct a comprehensive analysis of market trends, competitor strategies, and customer feedback to identify the root causes of a market share decline.

I utilized data analytics tools, conducted market research, and collaborated with cross-functional teams to develop strategies for increasing market share. This led to a 15% increase in market share within six months. This resulted in significant revenue growth and enhanced competitiveness in the market.

My experience aligns well with the position’s requirements, and I am confident that my skills can contribute to identifying strategic solutions tailored to your company’s specific needs.”

PRO TIP

Whenever possible, quantify your achievements with specific numbers or percentages. This adds credibility to your accomplishments and also provides concrete evidence of your impact and contributions, helping potential employers understand the tangible results you can deliver to their company.

Education

“With my passion for fostering student growth and my track record of improving academic performance, I believe I am an ideal candidate for the teacher role. Over my ten-year career, I have become adept at noticing when students are struggling to grasp a concept.

When recognized, I utilize my creativity and knowledge of curriculum development to design interactive activities and demonstrations to explain the concept in a more accessible way. This tailored approach has significantly improved student engagement and has been highly praised by colleagues and seniors.

My ability to adapt teaching methods to diverse learning styles would make me a valuable asset to Willowbrook High School, especially as I read in the job description that you desire a teacher who can effectively cater to the individual needs of a diverse student body. I can contribute to creating a stimulating and effective learning environment for all students.”

Construction

With my track record of successfully managing construction projects, I am a strong fit for the project manager position at Granite & Steel Construction. Over my 20-year career, I have showcased my ability to handle unexpected delays and maintain open communication with stakeholders.

For example, while working at Summit Point Development, we experienced setbacks due to weather and material shortages. In response, I swiftly revised project timelines, strategically reallocated resources, and proactively communicated with both the client and subcontractors to ensure transparency and alignment throughout the process.

I ultimately ensured the successful completion of the project within the specified timeframe and budget constraints. This experience underscores my capability to navigate complexities and deliver results even in the face of adversity, qualities that I am eager to bring to the project manager role at Granite & Steel Construction.”

Mistakes to Avoid When Answering “What Can You Bring to the Company?” 

There are a couple of big mistakes that you need to avoid when answering this question.

1. Not Researching the Company or Linking Your Skills

As mentioned earlier, it’s a big mistake to go into your job interview without having researched the company and read the job description carefully. If you don’t do your research, you can’t possibly answer this question well in the interview (and you’ll also struggle with many other common interview questions). 

Here’s everything I recommend doing to prepare for a job interview.

EXPERT ADVICE

Dr. Kyle Elliott, MPA, CHES
Tech & Interview Career Coach
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Show How Your Past Wins Can Be Their Future Success

A common mistake job seekers make when interviewing is not connecting the dots between their experience and the company they’re targeting.

Interviewees often share great stories and examples from their careers yet fail to explain how they plan to replicate this experience for the prospective employer, which is a missed opportunity.

Thankfully, all it takes is adding a sentence or two at the end of your meeting explaining how you plan to repeat your success at your next employer.

2. Being Too Afraid To Talk Highly About Yourself

This isn’t the time to be humble or afraid to talk highly of yourself! It’s okay to sound confident and show off what you’d bring to the role, or what sets you apart from other candidates. 

However, it’s essential to tread carefully, as there’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Boasting excessively or dismissing others’ contributions can come across as arrogant and may turn off potential employers.

3. Not Preparing in Advance

Finally, it’s a huge mistake to say you don’t know. The interviewer wants a specific answer when they ask what you would bring to their company and position. Don’t ever say something like, “I’m not sure. I just need a job.” Instead, prepare by reviewing the answer examples we looked at and researching the job description until you can give that same type of answer! 

That’s the best way to prepare a strong response and make sure you approach this question correctly in the interview.

Final Advice

If the interviewer asks, “What can you bring to the company?” then split your time between talking about the specific role and the company. Focus on talking about what you can bring to the job first, then the organization. 

If they ask what you’d bring to this particular job, then focus entirely on talking about the role and how you’re a good fit for their requirements and needs. 

No matter what variation of this interview question you hear, be prepared to talk about specific job-related skills and knowledge in your answer. Don’t say, “I’m very hard-working and have excellent communication skills.” It’s better to say to an employer, “I saw the job description says that you prefer someone with experience selling to enterprise clients, and in my last role, enterprise sales was my full focus.”

If you follow the tips above, you’ll have a great answer to, “What can you bring to this job?” or, “What can you bring to our company?” that will impress interviewers and get you more job offers.


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About the Author

Biron Clark is a former executive recruiter who has worked individually with hundreds of job seekers, reviewed thousands of resumes and LinkedIn profiles, and recruited for top venture-backed startups and Fortune 500 companies. He has been advising job seekers since 2012 to think differently in their job search and land high-paying, competitive positions. Follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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About the Contributor

Kyle Elliott, career coach and mental health advocate, transforms his side hustle into a notable practice, aiding Silicon Valley professionals in maximizing potential. Follow Kyle on LinkedIn.


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About the Editor

Hayley Jukes is the Editor-in-Chief at CareerSidekick with five years of experience creating engaging articles, books, and transcripts for diverse platforms and audiences.