How to tell an interviewer what they don’t yet know they want to know about you.
Nine times out of ten, you know you’ve hit the end of an interview once the interviewer asks:
“What else should I know about you?”
This question is pretty much perfect for the interviewer. It indicates that they have no further specific questions about you and opens up the floor for you to talk about yourself, but does so with a pretty handy constraint.
They’ve already seen how you respond to all kinds of questions, but now they want to see something very specific from you.
They want to see how you brag.
“Anything else about me? I’ve already mentioned how much I love wearing snapbacks and listening to Phish? No, that’s pretty much my whole personality. Interview over, I guess.”
But with a question as open-ended as this, it can be tough to decide how exactly to brag without going overboard.
Fortunately, we’ve put together a few tips to help you find your way.
Whenever someone asks you “what else should I know about you,” it’s easy to worry that this is one of those trick questions you should have prepared for.
And sure, it’s always possible that someone is using the question this way. People can be annoying, after all, so it’s not that uncommon for annoying people to go on to become hiring managers.
“Ah hah! I have you now, charlatan. You claim to love Carly Rae Jepsen, and yet have failed 3 times now to cite listening to her album Emotion as being among your biggest hobbies.”
But generally, this question is asked because interviewers are genuinely looking for the best person for a job, and that means people who know and understand themselves well enough to tell other people what makes them interesting.
And yeah, if you’re the kind of person who’s dumb enough to tell them about a bunch of bad or illegal things that you did as a result of this question, then more power to them. That one’s pretty much on you.
Some things that an interviewer might be trying to discover about you by asking what else they should know about you include:
Answering this question requires you to have a thorough understanding of yourself — your strengths, your weaknesses, even just how you tend to come off in conversations with those around you.
The biggest thing here is to be memorable without throwing up any red flags. The interviewer wants you to be different, but not because you got too excited and flipped a table while you were talking about the one time you were an editor for your school paper.
“That’s weird. They hung up right when I was getting to the best part of my “The Time I Physically Attacked the Reading Rainbow Guy at a Bookstore” story.”
As we mentioned above, it’s always good practice during this part of an interview to recap and reiterate your various qualifications that you’ve discussed at large throughout the interview.
It’s easy to get lost yourself as you’re going through the interview process, and you know much more about yourself than the interviewer does.
Highlighting the skills and qualifications that you’ve discussed up to this point can, therefore, be an excellent way to keep the CliffsNotes version of what makes you an excellent candidate in the forefront of your interviewer’s mind.
“So to recap, I’ve got experience in both Microsoft Word and Excel, I’ve got two thumbs, and I like to party.”
Some good tactics for you to do this include:
When answering this question, the most important things to keep in mind are:
That your answer should be short and sweet;
That you should reiterate the main points of the interview;
And finally, that you should remember that this is your last shot — anything else you want your interviewer to know about you, this is the time to say it.
As they say, speak now, or forever hold — well, you get the picture.
Me: “Oh, before you go I also wanted to show you my impression of Val Kilmer in Batman Forever.” Interviewer (scrolling Twitter): “I’m sorry, I have to take this phone call.”
If all else fails, write it on your shoe. Cheat! It’s definitely better than saying nothing at all and won’t at all reflect poorly on you if you get caught.
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