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Video:Quick Tip: Answering "What Can You Contribute" in a Job Interview

with Frances Cole Jones

Be prepared before your next interview and don't let the questions stump you. In this job search video from About.com, get strategies for answering "What can you contribute?' during a job interview.See Transcript

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Transcript:Quick Tip: Answering "What Can You Contribute" in a Job Interview

Hello, I'm Frances Cole Jones, author of "How to WOW" and creator of the app Interview WOW and I'm here today to help you with the answer to, "What can you contribute?" on your next job interview. 

How to Answer "What Can You Contribute?" in an Interview

What you want to do is go back to the description of the job that is being offered. So your answer is, "Your job description states that you're looking for someone who can do X and Y. Not only can I do X and Y, but I can also do Z." 

Look at your resume, look at the company that you're interviewing with, see what their goals are, see what skill set that you have to bring to the table that maybe nobody else can bring in and talk about that. 

Alternative Ways to Answer "What Can You Contribute?" in a Job Interview

If you don't have a specific skill set that another candidate might not have, then you want to talk about your 'soft' skills. "Here is what I can contribute: I can contribute my loyalty, I can contribute my discretion, I can contribute my work ethic." You can talk about all of these things that will also help you to stand out. 

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