Why are you better than others

Applicant question: why are you better than others?

In the interview, the HR manager would like to get to know you better in order to assess whether you fit into the team and the company - but at the same time you have to convince in the dialogue and underline once again that you are the right person for the vacancy. You should be prepared for various applicant questions that you need to have an answer to. The question is not always about strengths and weaknesses, but sometimes digging a little deeper into the bag of tricks. For example, how do you react when the HR manager asks: Why are you better than others? Many candidates get stuck here and don't know what to do next. We show how you can deal with such a question ...

Why is this applicant question so difficult to answer?

Is the applicant question during an interview Why are you better than others? or related forms like Why should we choose you over the other applications? or What makes you better than the other candidates? most candidates are initially shocked. On the one hand this seems understandable, but on the other hand the question arises: Why actually?

Your entire application is ultimately aimed at precisely that. They highlight why you are better than others and why the company should hire you and no other applicant. However, there is something completely different in the written application to present their own advantagesthan falling into self-praise in a direct conversation, lifting yourself above other applicants and assuring you that you are better than the rest.

There are several reasons behind this - apart from the fact that many people don't like one Praise to yourself to sing. For one thing, you don't know anything about the other applicants. How should you compare yourself without being able to assess the qualities of the other candidates? So you can only guess why and what you are better than others.

In addition, the impression that you make plays a role, and therefore also sympathy play a big role in the race for the job. Who wants to present themselves as an arrogant show-off who treats the competition from above?

Not answering is not really an option either, after all, an awkward silence is the last thing you want in the conversation. Fortunately there are too other optionshow to respond to such a difficult question in the interview.

Confidence is good, but please don't overdo it

Some people might ask themselves at this point: Why shouldn't I just answer and tell the HR manager very openly I am better than the other applicants because ... This is a legitimate option, of course, but not necessarily the best choice. Even if people keep talking about how important it is to apply the confidence of an applicant is to sell successfully, the following still applies: the dose makes the poison.

HR professionals confirm that self-confident candidates are generally better received and thus also have better chances, but if you overdo it, you will return Effect quickly turned into the opposite around. Authenticity is even more important in this case.

Those who are overly self-confident lose the natural and come across as arrogant rather than sympathetic. It is better, calmly admitif you are unsure or nervous. That makes you human, appears authentic and is astonishingly popular with many HR managers.

Why are you better than others? Here's how you can react

As with many other interview questions, you can prepare for this applicant question. If you don't have an answer ready right away, it is perfectly legitimate to note in the conversation that you are thinking about it for a moment before answering. Of course, you shouldn't sit in the chair in silence for two minutes and say nothing, but you can take a moment to think it over.

When asked Why are you better than others? but you should in any case leave out other candidates. That seems difficult at first with the question, but the point is not that you make a claim about yourself My skills are better than any other applicant. Rather, focus your answer on yourself and the position you are applying for.

So that you can find the right words, we still have three tips put together that can help you:

  • Speak your thoughts out

    Should be on your mind I don't know the other applicants and I can't compare myself to them may you say that too. You don't have to be able to deliver a perfectly phrased answer like a shotgun. That only seems rehearsed and not very authentic. You also don't want to try to make a direct comparison, but rather show yourself and present yourself from the best side - without having to badmouth others.

  • Address your strengths

    Basically, the question is about your strengths and skills. Rephrased a little, the HR manager could also ask what you are better at than others or what you are better at. Take the opportunity to highlight your strengths again. Here too, however, you should not make any direct reference to other applicants. So do not formulate I have more expertise and experience than anyone else.

    You can't know that anyway, and it's not critical either. It is better if you say With my deep expertise and vast experience, I can help your company in the areas of X and Y to achieve Z.

  • Refer to the requirements of the job

    In your response, you should be as specific as possible about the responsibilities of the position and the requirements of the job. In other words: why are you made for the job? Does responsibility play a major role? Then use examples to explain your sense of responsibility and how you want to use it. Is creativity required? Then highlight them and make clear your added value for the employer.

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