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‘What should I know that isn’t on your CV?’

Why are recruiters asking this?

This and other miscellaneous-style questions are typically open-ended and can be somewhat disarming. They’re usually asked to understand your personality and character, not your specific work experiences.

As an interviewee, you can use these questions to highlight things that will help sell you the position.

If nothing comes to mind, you can always just summarise in two sentences why you think you’re a good fit for the position. Or, talk about a positive story you haven’t shared in responding to the other questions.

Checklist for a great answer 

  • Don’t repeat a story you’ve already shared
  • Short & sweet, not a long winded story

Examples

I coach my nephew’s basketball team, where I learn interesting approaches to management. It also means I’m trained in CPR, with annual refresher courses. I really enjoy working with the kids, helping them to improve, and I think that I learn as much from them, as they do from me.

Other similar questions

  • Is there anything else we should know?
  • What is your favorite website?
  • What makes you uncomfortable?
  • What questions haven’t I asked you?
  • Are you a morning person?
  • What is your favorite movie of all time and why?

How do I get better at these questions?

PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! 

The illustrious economist and statistician EF Schumacher once said: “An ounce of practice is generally worth more than a ton of theory.” We at Mockmate strongly believe in exactly this, which is why we created our AI-powered job interview simulator.  Now is the time to stop reading blog posts and watching YouTube videos, and begin to perfect your interview skills by actually doing it! Get started here!

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