Interviewers want to hear about that one unique skill that sets you apart from the other candidates applying for this job. Think of your answer as your 'elevator pitch' or your qualifying statement. If you can't think of ways that you are unique, ask a few friends or family members what they feel sets you apart from other people. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived.
Perhaps you already know what sets you apart! This skill could include any industry accolades, exceptional achievements, additional industry related training, a second language, or how involved you are in the community. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself a bit. In an interview, you are your most influential advocate.
"I'm qualified and passionate about your cause, as well as patient care. I am excited about the idea of delivering value to your organization and will go above and beyond for your patients."
"You should hire me because I am incredibly passionate about the community outreach work that you do. I appreciate your passion for helping others and will match the enthusiasm of your current team."
"You mentioned today that the biggest pain-point for your practice is that you cannot find psychiatrists who have experience in addictions and group therapy, who are also bi-lingual. I am fluent in Spanish, French, and English, and also bring the experience leading group therapy efforts, for which you are seeking. This stand-out blend of skills is one of the reasons why my current practice embraced me so quickly, and I look forward to delivering the same results to your office."
"Don't be fooled by this trick question. The interviewer isn't interested in your cheesy statement that you are the best person for the job. They have an idea you probably are, the chose to interview you. The interviewer wants to know why you chose this line of work, your education and how your past employment directly supports the position you are applying to. Answer this question with your rehearsed and memorized elevator speech. Make it unique and convincing or they will move to the next candidate. "
"You should hire me because I'm qualified and passionate about your cause. I am excited about the idea of delivering value to your organization and will hustle for the opportunity to go above and beyond for your customers."
"I have a combination of skills and experience that would make me a great addition to your team. I've spent three years volunteering within the prison system, I've worked within the school system with troubled youth and my most recent position is as a CADC for the state."
"The interviewer is asking this question to see what unique quality or skill you have that makes you stand out from the rest. If you are having a hard time narrowing down your list ask a few former co-workers or family members what they feel is the one unique thing that sets you apart from the other candidates. Their perceptions will help you understand how you are perceived and what makes you the perfect person for the opportunity."
"You should hire me because I have the list of qualifications you are looking for, great communication skills and bedside manner with my patients."
"For this question, you want to be brief but advertise yourself to the prospective interviewer. Example: "Based on the job description and our interaction today, it sounds as if you're looking for a director who can hit the ground running with minimal training. With over ___ years of experience in the field, and my education in ____, I feel that I can offer a new perspective and dimension to this agency."
"I'm an extremely passionate person. I initiate projects and make ideas happen pretty quickly. I think that would be helpful for implementing any new system or for inspiring students and teachers."