Outside of the standard name, address, and email questions for job applications, there is one fairly common question that comes up about 1/3 to 1/2 of the time in applications. It seems like a fairly pointless question. It says something along the lines of, “Tell us something that makes you unique, say something that will really catch our eye.”

I am sure many of us have unique skills and traits, the problems with that question are that employers don’t really want a unique person, employers themselves are not really that unique, and they almost seem to be asking people to lie to them. The sole purpose of the question screams elimination tactic. They want a reason to rule you out so they don’t have to read your resume.

Employees want to try to set themselves apart, they are already trying to do that without that question being present. Then you…

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