Note: In somewhat the same vein as this question.
I recently landed a new job, but I was asked during the interview "Why do you think you're the best person for the job?" and they mentioned that this was basically my opportunity to sell myself. Now, I understand that what they're basically looking for in my response is me tying together my skills and experience to the requirements listed for the position.
However, I felt a bit uncomfortable declaring that I was indeed the absolute best person for the job, and prefaced my answer somewhat like so: "Well, since I am unable to compare myself to the other candidates I do not know for certain if I am the best person for the job - only you can determine this I imagine, but the reasons I feel I am at least a suitable candidate are.." and went on to detail why I was a good fit for the position.
The interviewer seemed a bit taken aback by my answer, but nevertheless hired me. I am not sure if their reaction was a positive or a negative one (that was offset by the rest of what seems to have been a good interview) and I'm wondering:
Was I right in my concern to add a preface to my answer, or should I have excluded it?
I should add that I've answered similarly before to such questions, but this was the first time I noted a visible reaction and made me wonder if I was perhaps taking the question too literally or something.