Interviewing for a new job is stressful; even the most confident individual has thoughts of stammering and stuttering over questions, not being able to think clearly, and having difficulty putting a polished presentation together.
Ironically, one of the most stressful questions that inevitably lands on everyone’s interview plate is “do you want to tell us anything else about you?” Even if your interview has gone swimmingly up to that point, how do you answer this open-ended question in the perfect way so as to polish your performance and leave them thinking that you are the only one for the job?
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What they are really asking for
When interviewers ask you this question, they are not trying to trip you up, but there may be some additional tidbits of information that they are looking for that would help to put you in the top position for hiring. Consider adding these additions to your verbal resume to help you close the deal on your next dream job:
1. Cite additional experiences that are relevant to the position
If you are interviewing for a tech position and you have certifications that may be of interest to a potential employer, now is the time to toot your horn. They may not have asked about additional qualifications because they are not knowledgable about these training opportunities. Make a list of the qualifications you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for before the interview; you’ll be more likely to draw on this list from memory as you seek to place yourself in this position.
2. Share your strengths, and what you intend to bring to the team
Now is the time to share your unique qualities, your strengths, and what you would bring to the table as a valued member of the team. After all, you know yourself best, and telling your interviewers how you can add value to their organization will give the impression that you are a team player, an innovator, and someone that would be an asset to any organization.
3. Relate your current role to the one you’re going for
Connecting what you already know and do to what you are being asked to do is a great way to show a potential employer that you are qualified and ready to go. Most companies want to streamline training processes and keep costs relatively low when hiring new people, so letting your interview team know that you’re ready to jump in with both feet will ultimately work in your favor.
4. Share some personal information…just not too much
We’ve likely all been in a situation where we have either been on an interview team or we’ve been the one interviewed; hearing someone ramble on about himself in a manner completely unrelated to the topic at hand is not only uncomfortable, but it does nothing for establishing a rapport with new co-workers. When it comes to personal information, know what you should share, and what you should perhaps disclose at a later time. Here’s what you should consider sharing with your team:
- Personal information such as family size, children, spouse, etc.
- Length of time you’ve been in a related field
- Success and achievements you’ve had in your current role
- Personal connections that are valid and pertinent to interview team members when appropriate
Knowing your team t-shirt size will not be necessary quite yet; close the personal section on a positive and proactive note and move on.
5. Let them know why you are interested in them and the company
There was a reason that you applied for this job, wasn’t there? While none of us can argue that it was likely for a higher paycheck, there are bound to be other reasons that you want to make this move at this time. Communicate why you feel the opportunity is desirable to you and what you see in the company. Highlight what you feel you can do for the organization as a whole, and let them know that you are excited to begin a positive working relationship with them. The more interested you seem in the position, the more likely you’ll be remembered as an attractive candidate.
Best of luck in your new career!
With all of these successful interview techniques, you’ll no doubt make a smashing impression on the interview team and land the position. Remember to exude confidence, smile, and communicate your interest in the position and the company, and in no time, you’ll be moving into your corner office. Best of luck in your new career venture!