Interview Question: What Makes You Different from Other Candidates?

Chris Haroun
A free video tutorial from Chris Haroun
Award Winning MBA Professor, Venture Capitalist and Author.
4.5 instructor rating • 58 courses • 1,111,429 students

Lecture description

Learn how to answer questions based on the strength word: different. Please remember to always ask yourself these 2 words before answering any question in an interview, which is "so what." Thanks

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English -: What makes you different from other people that want this job? How do you answer a question on this strength quality? You know, diversity is beautiful. Being different is beautiful because you approach problems in a different way. So, think of your accomplishments in life, in your background, in your past jobs, your educational work, charity work that you're involved with, et cetera. What makes you different from other applicants for this position? You know, for me, I wanted to, I wanted to work on Wall Street so badly. Right, I really did and I tried to apply out of undergrad to a Wall Street job, but I didn't get the job. And, I think the problem was I didn't come across as different and I don't know, who knows? Whatever. And so, you know, that was during the summer, summer jobs. I couldn't get a job on Wall Street. So, during my last year, actually, in undergrad, I did something completely different. I did something that no American could have on their resume. It's competitive out there. So, since I was Canadian and since Americans, at the time, weren't allowed to go to Cuba, I went to Cuba on an exchange in my last year. I went to the University of Havana, Faculty of Economics, and it was amazing. It was amazing and I had a great experience and I talked about that in my interviews later in life. And, people liked it because it was different. Now, it was kind of a double-edged sword, or a risk at the time, because, you know, I'm a capitalist. But, of course, at that time, Cuba was a little more Left Wing. But, anyway, it worked out well, right. I digress, but I just want you to think about how you're different. And so, when I applied to business school, I was able to talk about this, Cuba. I also talked about how I helped to set up an off-shore bank, et cetera. Just, just be different. You know, another thing I did, is something that, so, since I was younger, twenty years ago even, I've always been so passionate about charities and technology and helping people by embracing technology in charities. I believe every problem in the world can be solved with technology and education, together. And so, I started a company back then that I talked about in my later interviews, whatever. It was called CICC.com. I owned that address, CICC.com, which was Canadian Internet Charity Consultant, and with CICC.com, I would create websites for charities at no cost. And, it kind of, it's something I'm passionate about, but it makes me different, too, right? And so, the biggest mistake, and this is humbling, right, I always like to be humbled, I let that website expire. I think it was in 2000 or 2001, when I was working at Goldman. I just didn't have the time to commit myself to it. And, within a month or two of letting it expire, the biggest bank in China bought that address. I could have sold that for a fortune, anyway, whatever. Let me move on, okay. So, I lectured at Stanford recently and I met this student. And, you know, she was smart, like everybody else there and at all the other great schools I teach at, and I was curious how she got into Stanford because I got rejected by Stanford Business School. And so, I asked her, I said, "Well, what did you do, "just curious, in between undergraduate "and business school, what did you do?" And, I wanted to hear what she did that was different, right. And she said, "I worked for the United Nations." I thought, "Okay, that's cool, it's kind of different, "but there's probably a lot of people at the UN "that apply to business school." And, she was very humble and I said, "What did you do there?" And, she said, "Well, they sent me overseas. "They sent me overseas "into Second and Third World countries." And, I said, "What did you do there, overseas?" She said, "Well, they gave me this metal pole "and I had to get down on my hands and knees "and diffuse mines." Wow, wow, how do you compete with that? Try competing with that. Think about that. Think about how wonderful that is. She's doing a great thing, but it helps to diversify her, make her look different. So, when she applied to business school, she came across as different and additive to the student body, right? The other students are able to learn from her, from her differences. Same thing with you. I want the people that you might be working with or interviewing with to learn from your differences. Okay, so, think about what she did. You know, think about what makes you different, okay, and, you know, please write down in your Interview Success Journal, right now, examples of what makes you different from other candidates for the job you're interviewing for, okay.