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

Most Common Interview Question

You’ve successfully made it to the final interview round. You’ve answered question after question about your professional experience, your expertise, and how you would add value to said organization. The interviewer smiles and asks you one last thing…

“Is there anything else we should know about you?”

Don’t underestimate this question. It’s just as important as all the others. Many professionals prepare for every possible interview question, but neglect to give this one any thought. Why is this the case when it’s one of the only questions you can almost always count on hearing? Employers ask this for a reason. It’s your chance to say what your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile can’t quite express.

Whether it’s about a relevant skill, project, achievement, class, client, or innovation, your answer should be unique to you. Don’t let yourself leave that interview or Zoom meeting with regrets about what you didn’t say. This interview question gives you the chance to talk about what makes you different, what makes you the best possible hire. This is not the time to simply regurgitate cookie-cutter answers. They already know you want the job. They already know you’re passionate. Leave them with something to remember or, at the very least, a reason to want to work with you on a daily basis.

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If you’ve already had a chance to discuss every detail of your qualifications, this interview question can also be a wonderful chance to show some personality.

Do you coach youth soccer? Do you play in a local jazz ensemble? Are you a certified scuba diver? Do you volunteer for Big Brother Big Sister? Have you traveled to every continent? These are EXACTLY the sorts of answers you should have ready to share. These are the fun facts that make you memorable, the answers that will set you apart from the other bland candidates who said: “I’m a great collaborator!” or “I’m a perfectionist to a fault.”

Remember that employers are seeking to hire someone that they’ll actually enjoy working with from 9 to 5.

In addition to coming off as professional, intelligent, and qualified, it’s important to also seem like someone that they’ll have fun engaging with every single working day. Showing them a glimpse of your values, your hobbies, or your sense of humor is a great way to connect with an employer or recruiter on a more personal level.

When preparing for your next interview, be sure to give this question as much thought as all the others. Struggling to come up with a response? Not sure what makes you unique? Talk to a friend or family member about what they see in you, what they think makes you interesting. Write down their answers and store them away for when this question arises.

A strong, specific, and memorable response will elevate your interview and allow you to leave a lasting impression.

-Jillian Kinsey

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