Do you have an upcoming job interview? Check out my example answer to the interview question: “What makes you stand out from others?“
Other similar questions are: “What sets you apart from other candidates?”, “Why should we hire you?“, “What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?” OR “What makes you unique?”
Why do interviewers ask this interview question? In some cases, it’s difficult to choose between candidates with similar qualifications. The answer to this question forces candidates to provide a unique answer which helps interviewers differentiate candidates from each other.
√ Do focus on the characteristics and attributes that are relevant to the position and refer to a previous situation that proves you actually obtain the necessary qualifications
√ Do refer to prior achievements or results and explain which transferable skills could help their company achieve similar results
X Don’t talk negatively about your peers, that’ll make you appear as someone that is unpleasant and unkind to work with. Also, don’t brag or be too modest.
X Don’t use generic phrases like “I’m a hard worker“, “I’m a perfectionist” or “I’m a people-person“, unless you can substantiate your answer with a unique story.