This has been the meta-question that has been behind everything that is taken place-your phone screens, you’re in-person interviews and now. They want to understand why they should choose you from all the other individuals whose resumes that screened, who they’ve interviewed, who they are bringing back now on this interview.
To some degree, this is a pretty easy question IF you have taken a little bit of time to reflect on the previous interviews you’ve had. You see, at these interviews, they have given you clues about where their interest in you piqued their interest, what they zeroed in on that caused them to get excited about you. They may have said something to you. They may have gone in deep into that part of your background.
You have to deliver a message to them that focuses on their area of interest that causes them to say, “Yeah. That’s right.” All the sort of stuff that they have signaled in the course of your previous interviews is really where you should be zeroing in on. You can construct the answer by saying, “You know, I’m sure you hear this all the time. I have a lot of passion for what I do. I love doing such and such” you can go into detail about it.
“I think what makes you stand out from others is…” Then, you zero in on those qualities that they honed in on during your interviews so that in this way, you claim to what they believe your strengths are, confirm it for them, and thus helping them choose you versus your competition.
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020
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