How To Answer “What Makes You Stand Out From Others?”

In a job interview you might stumble on the interview question: “What makes you stand out from others?“, “What sets you apart from other candidates?“, “Why should we hire you?” or “What makes you unique?” Underneath you can find the perfect example answer and interview tips.

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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. 

Example Answer

“Well, as I understand it, you are looking for someone with 5+ years of working experience using WordPress and WooCommerce. Besides my proficiency using the open-source CMS and plugin,
I’m actually an active contributor to the WordPress community and
attended several WordCamps. 

As part of WordPress’s core team, which is on a voluntary basis, I regularly write some basic code, fix bugs and answer questions on the support forums using Slack. My username is [Name] and I’ve answered more than 100 questions since [Year]. I think that my experience and affinity makes me stand out from other peers.”

Interview Question Tips

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 transferrable skills  could help their company achieve similar results