How to Answer “Do You Want to Tell Us Anything Else About You?”

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How to Answer “Do You Want to Tell Us Anything Else About You?”

Published:

Interview Questions and Answers

Actionable advice from real experts:

Biron Clark

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Biron Clark, Former Recruiter

Contributor

Kyle Elliott, Career Coach

Contributor

Chelsea Jay, Career Coach

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editor

Hayley Jukes, Editor

Having sat on the other side of the interview table for many years, I’ve seen how the question, “Do you want to tell us anything else about you?” can unsettle even the most prepared candidates.

In this article, you’re going to learn exactly what to say when a job interviewer asks, “Do you want to tell us anything else about you?”… with examples to help you practice and gain confidence.

We’ll also cover the mistakes to avoid, so you can make sure you’re not costing yourself any job offers without realizing it. Let’s get started…

Highlights

  • This question is a chance to showcase relevant skills and experiences not covered in the interview, and impress the interviewer with your personality and fit within the company culture.
  • Avoid feeling obligated to speak about yourself if you have nothing valuable to add. Instead, ask a well-researched question, or express enthusiasm for the opportunity.

Why Do Interviewers Ask “Do You Want to Tell Us Anything Else About You?”

So why do interviewers ask this question? After all, you’ve probably touched on all the ins and outs of your work history, education, and skills. You’ve likely answered behavioral and situational interview questions; what’s left to know about you?

From my experience, the primary reason interviewers will commonly ask this question is to give you a chance to talk about additional qualifications, achievements, or experiences that are not on your resume and that didn’t naturally come up over the course of the interview.

It’s also a great way to get an insight into your personality, values, work ethic, and interpersonal skills. This helps determine whether you will thrive and contribute positively to the company culture.

EXPERT ADVICE

Highlight Your Unique Value

Employers ask this question to highlight any additional strengths or experiences not covered in the interview. This is your time to shine and show you’re the right fit.

Showcase unique skills like hobbies, interests, languages, software mastery, or extra certifications. You never know whose interest you’ll spark.

Also, demonstrate how you’re a perfect cultural fit. Employers want to see that you align with their team and values. Use this chance to stand out as the ideal candidate.

Chelsea Jay
Career & Leadership Coach
https://seasonedandgrowing.com/

How to Answer, “Do You Want to Tell Us Anything Else?” in a Job Interview

Here are three tips to consider when you’re preparing a compelling response to the question: “Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?”

1. Highlight Unique Qualities or Experiences

Reflect on the conversation you just had. Was there a specific skill or experience that wasn’t fully explored? You can take this opportunity to provide examples of how your skills, experience, or accomplishments align with the requirements of the position (if not already covered in the interview).

EXPERT ADVICE

Dr. Kyle Elliott, MPA, CHES
Tech & Interview Career Coach
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What unique aspects of my life should I highlight when asked if there’s anything else to know?

Not all personal attributes and stories are created equal. While it’s more than acceptable to talk about unique aspects of your life in interviews, at least in most industries, it’s also important that you connect the dots between your answer and the company and position for which you’re interviewing.

If you played years of Division I sports during college, for instance, that might be okay to share during an interview, but you also want to explain how you apply those teamwork and collaboration skills in the workplace today.

2. Ask a Question About the Position

If you’ve already highlighted your strongest qualifications and don’t have anything further to add, you can demonstrate your continued interest by asking the employer a well-researched question.

PRO TIP

Show your initiative by asking a well-researched question about the company or the role. This demonstrates your genuine interest and goes beyond what’s on the job description. For example, “I read about your company’s recent initiative in [mention specific area]. Could you elaborate on how this role would contribute to that project?”

3. Express Enthusiasm and Gratitude

Even if you don’t feel like you have anything to add, make sure you conclude it with a genuine expression of enthusiasm for the opportunity and gratitude for the interviewer’s time.

Reiterate your interest in the role and convey your eagerness to contribute to the team. A positive and enthusiastic closing can leave a lasting impression and reinforce your commitment to the position.

EXPERT ADVICE

Make The Hiring Decision Easy

If the organization values collaboration, discuss your teamwork skills. If it’s fast-paced, highlight your adaptability and love for new challenges.

Make the hiring decision easy by showing you’ve done your research, know what to expect, and can blend in.

Ask if there’s anything else they’d like to know or if anything is unclear about your skills and experience.

Address any hesitations they share with examples of your skills. Ensure no lingering questions or fears remain.

Chelsea Jay
Career & Leadership Coach
https://seasonedandgrowing.com/

“Do You Want to Tell Us Anything Else About You?” Example Answers

Throughout my recruiting career, I’ve seen that candidates who provide thoughtful answers to “Do you want to tell us anything else about you?” tend to leave a favorable impression. Here are a few examples of what those responses looked like.

Example Answer 1: Nothing More to Add

If you feel your interview has gone well and you don’t have anything else to add, it’s perfectly fine to say:

“Thanks for asking! I don’t have anything else to add. I feel like we covered the important topics, and I was able to share the key pieces of my background and how they’d help me perform well in the role. It was great learning about the role, and the opportunity to do XYZ in this position sounds especially interesting. What are the next steps in the process?”

That’s how you’d close out the interview on a positive note, without adding anything more.

Example Answer 2: Something Positive to Add

If you feel there’s something positive you can add, that the interviewer didn’t ask you about, then this is your chance to add it! It could be a unique piece of experience or skill that you possess. It could be why this type of work excites you and why you want their particular job, or any other info that you feel is worth adding.

“Yes, actually! I don’t believe we talked about it, but I have a couple of years of experience in customer service, which I feel will serve me well in this role as I plan out some of our new products. I’ll be able to anticipate questions and concerns that customers have, and implement better processes for solving customer problems through a support ticket system, FAQs, and more. I feel that’s something that sets me apart from other candidates, so I wanted to mention it.”

Example Answer 3: Mentioning a Previously Discussed Topic

If you aren’t satisfied with the points you shared on a previous topic, this is your opportunity to go back and fix it. For example:

“I know we touched on the topic of leading projects and training newer team members as I develop in this role, but I don’t think I did a great job of explaining the extent of my experience in this area. This is something that interests me a lot, and I had a chance to train six new team members in my last role while supervising their day-to-day work, setting weekly goals, and running weekly meetings to check in on their progress. So this is a function that I’d be able to handle very comfortably for you, and it’s something that I enjoy doing as well!”

Mistakes to Avoid When Answering “Do You Want to Tell Us Anything Else About You?”

Before we wrap up, there are three common (and costly) mistakes that job seekers make with this interview question. So let’s cover those now!

1. Thinking You Need To Add Something

From my experience as a recruiter, many candidates slip up on this question by thinking they need to tell the interviewer something more about them.

You do not need to add anything here. You can use example answer #1 from earlier in the article to simply say that you’re satisfied with what you already shared and are really interested in the role. This is better than starting to answer without really knowing what you’ll say, or without having a purpose or plan.

2. Trying to Clarify Too Much

If you try to go back and clarify five different areas or skills that you feel you didn’t explain well, then it’s just going to overwhelm the interviewer and make it so that none of your points are convincing or helpful.

So pick your battles and choose one, maybe two things to add. That’s the absolute maximum to aim for when answering, “Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?”

3. Sharing Irrelevant Information

This question is your chance to clarify any information or highlight unique qualities or experiences that were not covered in the interview. The interviewer doesn’t want to listen to you talk about your hobbies that are totally unrelated to the job or your entire life story.

Final Advice

Overall, this interview question is a great opportunity to address a previous answer that you weren’t happy with, or add new information that you feel will help you land the job. This will ensure that the employer sees the full extent of your skills and abilities so you can get more job offers.

However, if you already made a great case for why your skills are a fit for this opportunity, and you’re satisfied with what you’ve said, then there’s no need to add more here. In this case, when they ask, “Is there anything else you would like me to know about you?” you can tell the interviewer that you feel you’ve covered the important points and that you’re satisfied with how you shared your experience and skills.

Then, you can ask a question like, “What are the next steps in the process?” or “What happens next?” These are good, confident phrases to end your interview while also finding out what to expect moving forward. If you follow these steps, you’ll have an impressive response that boosts your chances of winning the job offer.

If you want more help getting ready for your next interview, then this article is the next thing you should read:

Sample answers to the 20 most common job interview questions.

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About the Author

Biron Clark, a former executive recruiter, has advised job seekers since 2012, helping them land competitive positions. He has worked with hundreds of individuals and recruited for top startups and Fortune 500 companies. Follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About the Contributor

Chelsea Jay, Career and Leadership Development Coach at Seasoned and Growing, specializes in leadership skills, salary negotiation, and work-life balance. She empowers professionals to excel and fosters positive team dynamics. Follow Chelsea on LinkedIn.

About the Contributor

Kyle Elliott, career coach and mental health advocate, transforms his side hustle into a notable practice, aiding Silicon Valley professionals in maximizing potential. Follow Kyle on LinkedIn.

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About the Editor

Hayley Jukes is the Editor-in-Chief at CareerSidekick with five years of experience creating engaging articles, books, and transcripts for diverse platforms and audiences.

2 thoughts on “How to Answer “Do You Want to Tell Us Anything Else About You?””

  1. Thank you for your advice! It is quite difficult to give an interesting answer to this question, which will not be self-praise. And most importantly, the versions you propose are really capable of demonstrating serious intentions and responsibility.

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