“What makes you unique?” Answering this interview question
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Why do employers ask “what makes you unique”?
“What makes you unique?” actually translates to “What skills, qualities and experiences make you the best candidate for this job?”
By asking this question, employers are inviting you to brag about yourself and your best qualities, and tell them what differentiates you from other graduate candidates.
This is your chance to list the things that make you the very best candidate.
It’s important to think about 1 or 2 key things (this could be specific skills, qualifications, volunteering, work experience or otherwise) that you know not every candidate will have.
The skills and qualities you choose to speak about in relation to the interview question “What makes you unique?” will reveal how much you really know about the job and the company.
If your answer is completely irrelevant (i.e. you talk about your passion for art in a graduate finance job interview), you’ll be indicating to the employer that you don’t know much about what the job role requires, and therefore are probably not a good fit.
Employers also use this interview question to find out how well you can think on your feet.
Coming up with a “unique” answer to the question will indicate to them that you are able to think outside of the box about why you are the top candidate for the job.
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