Interview Question: What Can You Do for Us That the Other Candidates Can’t?

Interview Question Other Candidates CantThis can be a tricky question, especially when you’re in the dark about the other candidates and their qualifications. Continue reading to learn how to answer this question professionally.

What the Question is All About

The interviewer really wants to know how you respond to pressure. The question can become uncomfortable, so make sure to keep calm and poised to avoid stammering.

As for your character, avoid badmouthing other candidates — the interviewer just wants to see if you’re a better match.

The interviewer is checking your values. What makes you the perfect fit for the job? How do you value yourself? Make sure you do your research about the company to get a barometer on their working conditions. (You wouldn’t want to say you work independently when the company is very team-focused.)

It is also a great chance for you to evaluate yourself in front of the interviewer. Answering this question requires great critical thinking skills and self-confidence (that doesn’t go into borderline arrogance).

How to Answer

Now that you understand why the question is being asked, here are a few tips on how you can answer this question:

Humor is your friend. A quick, humorous comeback implies that you weren’t thrown off by the question. However, remember that you still have to answer the question. Resorting to humor lightens up the mood and buys you a few seconds to think of an answer.

Be nice. Never say anything negative about the other candidates. No matter how horrible another candidate may be, you don’t have the right to badmouth him or her.

Focus on your skills. Highlight your qualifications to prove why you’re the best candidate for the job.

These tips can help you ace this question. Make sure to come to the interview well prepared to avoid interview anxiety.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.