Open-ended questions like this one masquerades perhaps the greatest interview risk and opportunity to a prospective student. A weak answer could damage whatever positive impression you may have made to that point, while a strong, well-articulated response can cement positive impressions or, when needed, improve upon any weak points thus far.
Philosophy behind the Question
You may think you don’t have much left to say, but you should. This is your chance – beautifully presented on a silver platter – to close the sale. You’d be a fool to turn it down. The philosophy behind the question is that they are offering you a moment to explain yourself in a nutshell.
Develop a short answer to this question, one that plays upon your strengths;
“Mr. Interviewer, I think we’ve covered everything. But I want to reemphasize the key strengths that I would bring to this position:
Experience: The job I’m currently in is quite similar to this one, and I would be excited by the chance to apply what I’ve learned at Mark’s Work to working for your company.
Management Skills: I run a department equal to the size of this one. I’m an effective and fair supervisor.
Enthusiasm: I’m very excited about the prospects of working with you here in ABC Company. When do you expect to make a decision?
Achievements: I have won two prestigious industry awards. I would bring that creativity here”
- Probably the worst answer you could give would be along the lines of “No, I think we’ve about covered everything.”
- Why should we hire you?
- If you were me, would you hire you?
- By ending with a question you ask the interviewer to take some action. This is an effective selling technique to flaunt your proactive and observatory skills
- Make a list of the five main points you want to communicate, and during the interview keep a running mental checklist of which ones you have covered. Having prepared four or five stories from your past that illustrate your strongest selling points will ensure that you are always ready to answer any question.
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