What is your edge among other applicants?
Here is a question from tsrgame (lifted from www.pinoyexchange.com)
Paano kapag sinabi sa akin ano yung “edge” ko sa mga ibang applicants? Kapag sinasagot ko na flexible ako and I can do multi task ang sabi sa akin what if kung ganon din daw *** ibang applicant. Pag sinabi ko naman na fast learner ako ganun din ang sasabihin nila. Pag sinabi ko naman na dedicated ako, ganun din ang sasabihin nila. Hanggang sa wala na ako maisagot. Paano po yun?
This is one of the hardest questions to answer and truth is, I personally do not like this question, especially if it’s a group interview and you are asked for your edge over your friend – it totally screws up your mind and heart because you are forced to one-up your friend.
One tip I can share with you is never to answer this question in a generic way: I’m flexible, generous, committed, etc. are all generic responses. BE SPECIFIC. CITE EXAMPLES, SCENARIOS, and go as far as story-tell (short one).
Here is an example:
“Being a fresh graduate, I would say that my edge over the other applicants outside is my above average GPA. I study everyday so the lessons would remain fresh in my mind, actively participated in classroom discussion, pioneered several student programs, engaged in dialogues with school officials to improve the health and well-being of my fellow students, and I was the editor-in-chief of the college paper. These are just examples of what I have done as a student, and I did it because it was my choice, the same choice I will make when I am employed here in your compan.”
The formula for the response is the same if you already have work experience, that is, flaunt your positive contributions while you were still with your other company, focusing on how you were able to improve yourself, helped the team, the business unit, or the whole company itself. Here is an example:
“Being well-trained call center agent, I believe in stellar customer service. For this reason, I am able to achieve high scores in QA, receive compliments from my customers, and one of the positive contributions I have from my previous company is that they used my recorded calls for training purposes. I am able to achieve this because of my eye for details and my desire to achieve excellence in performance.”
The response to the question gives the applicant the opportunity to flaunt his previous contributions, therefore, he MUST deliver it with confidence, failing to do so might give the impression that he is lying, especially when the recruiter is trained to tell such.
Finally, the details your provide in your response gives support to your “edge”, that is, if you are to say that you are flexible, give an example or two of how, when, where, and even who was involved, and what was the outcome of your being flexible. If you are a fresh graduate, think of your school, your organization, or your church; if you have work experience, think about the contributions you have made in you previous company – this will be your edge.
Hope this helps.