Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You?
How to Answer Interview Questions About What Else You Have to Offer
One of the interview questions typically asked at the end of a job interview is whether there is something else that you would like to share or anything else that the interviewer should know about you.
Most likely, by the time you hear this question, you've already spoken for awhile and answered many questions about your skills and experience. It can be tempting to just politely respond by saying that you feel like everything's been covered. Resist this urge. Instead, use this as an opportunity to close the interview on a strong note. Think of your response as being like the closing statement in a trial: you sum up the major points discussed during the interview and make a final case for your candidacy.
Much like the question "Tell me about yourself," this open-ended question allows you to take control of the conversation, and share information that's helpful to your candidacy. Read below for advice on how to prepare for this question, and read some examples of strong responses.
How to Prepare
The first step in preparing for this type of question is to go into the interview with a clear understanding of what you have to offer. Prepare a list of 8 - 10 assets that would help you to excel in the job. To make this list, review the job advertisement and make a list of your skills (both hard and soft), accomplishments, areas of knowledge, experiences, and/or personal qualities that would help you to meet the qualifications for this particular job. In your list, try to include keywords from the job listing.
Be ready to supply examples from your work, volunteer, or academic history that prove that you have added value to other companies by applying those skills in the past.
Your asset list will help you to answer questions about your strengths throughout the interview. In addition, when you are asked at the end of the meeting if you have anything to add, you will be ready to list any qualities that you haven’t been able to tell the interviewer about yet.
How to Answer
Start your answer with a summary of some of the key strengths that you have already shared. This will help the interviewer remember, briefly, why you are a strong candidate for the position.
After you summarize your qualifications, and then add one or two items from your list that haven't been covered. These can be skills or abilities you have not yet mentioned, or experiences you have had. Make sure whatever you mention is relevant to the position. If there is time, mention a particular example of a time you demonstrated this quality. If possible, explain how this quality helped add value to another company. After you have done this, emphasize once more your strong interest in the job and in working for the organization.
This kind of response does two things: it summarizes why you are a strong candidate, and it shows the interviewer that you are enthusiastic about the position. Remember, this is your closing statement, so you want to remind the interviewer of all the reasons you are an ideal candidate.
Examples of the Best Answers
Here are sample interview answers that you can edit to fit your personal experiences and background:
- You have done a very thorough job of getting at my strengths. We have discussed my writing, presentation, and computer skills, but I haven't had the opportunity to tell you about my persuasive abilities. For example, I was able to convince seven local businesses to sponsor the charity run which I organized for my fraternity, and I successfully placed several stories in the local media about a client during my public relations internship.
- I think that you have been incredibly thorough and we have discussed my key strengths like my communication skills, my ability to work across departments, and my experience in public relations. However, one important skill I have not yet mentioned is web design. I recently completed an internship at XYZ Public Relations firm, in which I helped design a new website for one of their clients. The client was extremely happy with my design, and even sent a letter to our CEO praising my skills. I am familiar with a number of web design platforms, including Squarespace, Webflow, and Wix. This skill is something I would love to bring to your company.
- I think we have covered a number of my work experiences that make me a strong candidate for this position, including my ten years of teaching experience, my administrative experience, and my communication sills. I would like to add that I also have experience running afterschool programs for teens. At my previous job, I led two afterschool programs: the school newspaper, which had a staff of twenty-five students, and the literary journal, which had a staff of fifteen. I would also like to assure you that I am very excited by the opportunity here. I am extremely motivated to pursue this job and will devote maximum energy to succeeding if I am hired.
- We have discussed many of my skills, abilities, and experiences that make me a strong candidate, including my experience working with clients and my written and oral communication skills. I would also like to add that I am currently developing another skill that will make me an even more effective employee, should I be hired. I am currently taking a computer programming course, and am learning SQL and Java at the moment. I am extremely passionate about this job opportunity, and I believe my skills (including the skills I am currently developing) make me a strong candidate.