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Posted on March 17, 2015 5:10 am
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HaXeSy
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How are you different from other candidates?
I recently attended a job fair and the administrator asked me "What makes you different from the hundreds of other candidates applying for the position?" What is a good way to answer this question?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 4, 2015 5:44 pm

VeHyge
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This is a very personal question. So I would write a list of ways that you think that you are bring to the job, and can answer this question next time you are asked. Think of different things that you have done in your life that can contribute to the job at hand.
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yHaReH
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You can explain past experiences in teaching and even in your schooling that lead you to where you are today.
  Posted on: October 13, 2015 2:17 am

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Solution 2
Posted October 13, 2015 7:10 pm

Sarah Drake
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The ability to self-reflect is a highly desired attribute in teacher candidates since we have to regularly engage in such practices as we assess why our students are performing the way they are. Therefore, I would recommend taking time to determine the answer to the question. What make you different? Did you travel abroad and therefore have a wide knowledge of other cultures? Do you have past experiences that would make you relatable or more empathetic to students? Once you identify that difference, pare down your response to a sound bite that you can repeat to other recruiters as needed.
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Solution 3
Posted October 13, 2015 11:11 pm

Morgan Zwissler
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I think being heartfelt and real is the way to go. I would respond by saying, "I can't speak to the qualifications of the other candidates. What I can tell you, is that I have a love of teaching down to my core, and I'd love the opportunity to show you all that I've learned in my 8 years of teaching."
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Solution 4
Posted February 25, 2019 1:39 am

Cali Pohlman
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Being honest and genuine in your interview will go a long way. You do not want to state a qualification if you in fact do not have that qualification or skill. Talk about why you love teaching and why you entered into this profession in the first place. Your genuine love and desire for students and teaching will definitely be recognized by someone.
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Posted February 28, 2019 12:46 pm

LuSaNa
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I think it is best to use the opportunity to highlight the areas you thrive in. Tell them about your characteristics and what you could bring to the school.
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Solution 6
Posted July 7, 2019 9:57 pm

sygaru
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The best way to go about this is to talk about things you've done in the past that can pertain to your job.
In my case, I've spent a lot of my life taking care of younger children. I've volunteered at a summer science camp where I looked after about 20 six-year-old children, and I spent many years helping my aunt run her daycare. This kind of experience makes me unique because I have extra experience in handling small children, which can help me keep control of an elementary school class.
So go ahead and think of anything that can make it look like you have extra experience. How being student president means you have leadership skills and you can run a classroom, how having to take care of a disabled relative gives you insight in helping children with physical disabilities, etc. Even if you feel that it isn't all that unique, you should say it.
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