Mar 21, 2019 - 03:18 PM
In an interview, you should respond to "What makes you stand out among your peers?" with a prepared answer. Assume you will always be asked this question in every job interview. Prepare an answer in advance of all interviews. Your prepared answer should be in line with the main selling points of your elevator pitch.
Summarize what it is about your background that makes you a great fit for the role. If there’s something that is special and unique in your background, be sure to highlight that. In preparing your answer to this question, put a pen and paper to work (or an MS Word doc). Write out your response and read it out loud to hear how it sounds. If answering this question seems hard, try answering the very similar question, "Why would you be a good fit for this role?"
For example, if you’re applying to be a project manager, highlight your previous experience as a project manager, or highlight your top-notch multi-tasking skills. Explain why your educational background aligns to the role. Explain any other qualities or details from your background that make you an ideal fit.
You might say, "I believe this role strongly aligns to my background because of my extensive work as a project manager. I have been a project manager at FedEx in the technology department for three years. During that time, I have helped to successfully lead the redesign of a large customer-facing website. In addition, my undergraduate degree is in computer and systems engineering. I'm someone who understands both the business side and the technical side, and I communicate well between both groups."
The best thing about this question is that you can anticipate it. Write your answer down. Practice in front of a friend. Record yourself on your phone. Memorize your response. The more prepared you are with your response, the better you'll do.
Also, check out LiveCareer's guide to common interview questions, and get prepped on some other ones you can expect to come your way in a job interview situation!
Aug 16, 2018 - 10:14 PM
As you're preparing for your interview, come up with a good answer that showcases your unique talents without insulting or tearing down other candidates applying for the job. When you're thinking about what separates you from the competition, tailor your answer to the exact job you're interviewing for. Your top selling points for one job may not be the same for a position with a different company.
While it may seem like a good answer to this question centers on your professional skills, this isn't always the case. Standing out doesn't always relate to your qualifications, and a hiring manager knows this information from your resume anyway. The interview is your chance to bring something else to the table and to make yourself memorable. For example, give the interviewer a look into your personality, or describe a nonstandard work experience you've had.