How does this job compare to others for which you are applying?

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How does this job compare to others for which you are applying?

Alternative and related questions:

Why do you want this particular job?
What most attracts you to this opportunity rather than other vacancies you have applied for?

The meaning behind the question:

This is clearly a more probing question than the previous question and you may well find it being asked as a follow-up to this question. The interviewer is trying to gauge how motivated you are to win this particular role as opposed to one of the others currently open to you. They want to know where they fit on the scale.

Your answer:

You’re going to have to tread a fine line here. It’s vital to communicate that this job is of course your preferred choice (even if one of the other offers is blatantly superior). However, you most certainly don’t want to give the impression that this job is your only choice. That would severely weaken your position. The best strategy is to sidestep the question as best you can and focus very much on the vacancy at hand and what most attracts you to this job and to this organisation.

Example:

This job clearly has the edge on other applications I am pursuing. I have taken my time to identify a number of possibilities which are closely suited to me – so as not to waste my time nor anybody else’s. They all have various pros and cons but I am particularly attracted to this job because I feel it offers the best opportunities for me to develop professionally and make a major contribution. It’s a perfect match for my skills and experience. I also believe I will fit in very well with the organisation as a whole.

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