I am a recruiter and I interview candidates for a living; there are times when the interviews are really positive and other times when they are not.
If you are going to be interviewed by a recruiter, your preparation is fundamental; however, the real difference is made by what you are ready to talk about. Example? Knowing the company’s financial results won’t necessarily help you. So what? Do not memorise the financial results but be ready to talk about your experiences. Considering that you are under pressure while interviewing, you can easily make mistakes recollecting the financial results.
One of the most asked question by recruiters is: why do you think that you are the right candidate for the job? You can answer talking about your professional experiences, the projects that you have been involved in or the career development path you want to join; these are valuable answers. The worst answer ever? “I’m the perfect candidate”. Let see a few reasons why saying that you are the perfect candidate is not a good idea.
1) You are evaluating yourself …what you think it is not necessarily true.
2) You’re evaluating yourself…however, the recruiter is the one there to evaluate your application.
3) You are trying to impress the recruiter. Interviews are not created to impress but to present projects, your experiences and skills. An interview is not a date!
3) If you have never worked for that specific company, there are definitely things that you do not know about them (processes, tools, the culture).
4) Showing self-confidence is fine. However, saying that you are the perfect candidate is still not the best way to get started and set the right framework for the interview.
5) If you decide to ask questions to the recruiter about the role or the experiences needed to be successful in the job.. why should you ask these questions considering that you are the perfect candidate? you should know the answers already. The only thing that you are doing is proving that you are not the perfect candidate. You can be a good candidate, a very good one.. .not the perfect one.
Suggestion? Even if you really think to be the perfect candidate (or very close to the recruitment’s needs), well, do not say that.