What Sets You Apart From The Other Candidates?
This is your time to shine. So you’ve gotten hit with this question, and it’s time to deliver. By following this guide, you’ll be on your way to interview success in no time. Today, we are going to be going over great ways on how to improve your answer to this question, as well as some general tips and tricks.
So where should I start?
This can be a hard one to answer if you don’t know what to talk about. But have no fear, we’ll be helping you along the way. Before we get into the meat and potatoes of how to form you answer to this question, we should talk about what you shouldn’t do. Follow these tips below to avoid falling flat on this question.
What to avoid when setting yourself apart from the other candidates
- Do not badmouth any of your former employers or team members.
There are a number of reasons why this is a bad idea, but I’m just going to touch on a couple of them. First of all, it can be seen as you just passing off any shortcomings you may have onto your employer. On top of that, there is no one from your old employer there to defend or refute any of your claims. On top of that, it also presents a possibly divisive influence into the company. If you have a track record of not working well with your employer, it will not go well for you. And lastly, it shows that you did not successfully work out the situation with your employer, meaning your problem solving and interpersonal skills could stand to improve. These reasons, on top of others, are all clear examples of why you should not be bad mouthing your previous employers.
- Do not give a vague or simple answer
Just like with your other interview questions, you’re going to want to avoid giving a vague, or stereotypical answer. This is your time to show, and show your uniqueness. If you give them a run of the mill answer, your hiring manager is just going to assume you’re like everyone else. Don’t let them lump you into this category. Deliver with a unique and well thought out answer. This is especially true if you are looking for a management consulting career
How to deliver a solid answer:
When it comes time to deliver, all you need to do is follow these simple steps. Answering this question is much like answering the rest of the questions you’ll be asked in an interview. It requires self-analysis, and some research before hand.
If you’ve read some of my other articles, then you will realize that research plays a vital role in your success during the interview process. I won’t touch on this topic again, as I’ve covered it in depth in previous articles.
Before getting to your answer for this question, you want to decide what you possess that make you unique and qualified. Make sure you focus on your academic, professional, and personal experiences. And don’t forget any important awards or accolades you’ve received.
Decide what’s important
By using the research that you’ve acquired through step one, you should have a good idea of what the company values. Now take the experiences that align with that, and you have the focus of your pitch!
Practice makes perfect, and preparing for an interview is no exception. Please check out my article on how to prepare for an interview here.
Other ways to set you apart from other possible candidates
There is more than one way to show that you’re the best candidate for this job. And you can be showing them the answer to this question during the entire interview. You want to be sure to avoid simple things that could get you kicked out of an interview early. In order to set yourself apart from the other candidates, you need to keep yourself in the running. To ensure that, here are a couple of easy tips everyone should know:
- Do NOT smell.
I can’t tell you how bad this one is. A yes, ladies, pungent perfume does count as smell. If all I can think about when I’m around you is how you smell, there’s a good chance you’re not gonna get the job.
- Don’t show up late, or too early.
I think that everyone knows showing up late to your interview is a bad thing, but make sure that you don’t show up too early either. Showing up too early to an interview can have a strong negative impact on you hiring manager. The last things you want to do is start off in the wrong foot without even knowing it. The earliest I would suggest showing up would be about 15 minutes. However, to play it safe, I would suggest getting there closer to the five or ten-minute mark.
- Avoid nervous ticks.
This can be anything from picking at your skin, grinding your teeth, or swearing. You do not want to stand out like this. Practicing beforehand will help you iron out any kinks you have.
- Avoid sweating a lot
A little perspiration is normal. But if it becomes really noticeable, or even worse, smelly, then there is something wrong. If you know that you are a heavy sweater, make sure that you take the appropriate steps beforehand to make sure you’re not stuck in any awkward situations. If this has never been an issue for you in the past, then you’re most likely fine.
- Show enthusiasm when answering.
When talking about why you’re the best candidate for the job, make sure that you’re speaking with enthusiasm, and your tone is upbeat.
- Show you are a good fit for the company culture.
All throughout your answer you want to be highlighting the idea that you will be a good fit for the company, and that company’s culture. When talking about what sets you apart from the rest of the candidates, try to include points that show you are aligned with the culture. This is where researching ahead of time will come in handy.
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