A favourite question in job interviews is: "What makes you stand out from the other candidates?" Lyndy van den Barselaar, MD of recruitment and consulting firm ManpowerGroup South Africa, says job seekers should work on a killer answer to that tricky question. "Job seekers are constantly looking for new ways to make a lasting, positive impression on their interviewers and set themselves apart from other candidates." She has this advice: • Don't be arrogant. Instead of singing your own praises, explain how your skills would work well in a team; • Turn the question around and talk about what you like about the organisation and how your abilities are synergistic; • Move away from your list of accomplishments and towards your personal story; and • Don't be afraid to show how much you want the job. Your enthusiasm will set you apart. "Perhaps the organisation has a message or cause that aligns with your beliefs, or a corporate culture you'd like to be a part of. All of these are reasons,...

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