Answering the Job Interview Question: "What Separates You From Others?"

TRAP: This question is similar to "What are your strengths?", but it is your chance to "self-advertise". Don't fall into the trap of comparing yourself to other candidates. You and the interviewer are the only people present.

TRICK: This question tests how you sell yourself and whether you satisfy the employer's needs. Think about your most significant accomplishment and remember what the employer highlighted in the job description.

Which of your accomplishments/achievements/skills best match the job description and this particular company's needs? What are you good at? Emphasize your talents.

Your answer should summarize the top three criteria:

  • Identify the company's problems and needs;
  • Tell what you can do to help the company;
  • Explain how you will do it.
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