What to say when asked “Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You?” at an interview

What the Interviewer Really Wants to Know

Interviewers ask open-ended questions like this in order to gain an idea of your personality, your self-knowledge, and your ability to communicate effectively.

They’ll also be impressed if, at the end of an intense conversation, you are eager to continue the dialogue in order to make a lasting impression.

 How to Answer “Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You?”

Start your answer with a summary of some of the key strengths that you have already shared. This will help the interviewer remember, briefly, why you are a strong candidate for the position.

After you summarize your qualifications, then add one or two items from your list that haven’t been covered. These can be skills or abilities you have not yet mentioned or experiences you have had.

If there is time, mention a particular example of a time you demonstrated this quality. If possible, explain how this quality helped add value to another company. After you have done this, emphasize once more your strong interest in the job and in working for the organization.

This kind of response does two things: it summarizes why you are a strong candidate, and it shows the interviewer that you are enthusiastic about the position. Remember, this is your closing statement, so you want to remind the interviewer of all the reasons you are an ideal candidate.

Example:

I think that you have been incredibly thorough and we have discussed my key strengths like my communication skills, my ability to work across departments, and my experience in public relations. However, one important skill I have not yet mentioned is web design. I recently completed an internship at Xpino Systems Solutions, in which I helped design many new websites for their clients. The team was extremely happy with my design. This skill is something I would love to bring to your company.

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