So, I heard I’m Unique

Apparently, everyone is unique.  At least, that is the message I’ve been getting lately from assignments and interviews. Whatever man, think what you’ve gotta think.

I really hate that question with a passion. I have qualities, yes, and I’m pretty sure its the sum of all my qualities that makes me unique.  Well, that  is what everyone seems to think.

I’d argue however, that it is your motivation to do these things that makes you unique instead. But how do you really say that to a person asking the question?

I know that this post is completely fueled by frustration and anger, which is fine. I mean, sometimes you just have to vent. But this question is the worst one I get asked on a regular basis, because they just want you to brag about yourself.

This is how I imagine a conversation going:

Do you have any hobbies? Yes, I play violin,  I like to read, and basically I’m just a huge nerd with a surprisingly social life.

Why do you want this (job, position, whatever)? I want it. That’s enough. There are a lot of reasons, money, fame, to make a difference, the list goes on.

What makes you unique? … and this is the kicker… I’m pretty sure I’ve already told you, so why are you asking me again? Weren’t you listening before? … uh, let me think, maybe I’m a hard worker, I have a lot of experience in another field which I can apply, I actually talk to people like they are people and not deities or peasants I am trying to address?

I really don’t know how I am going to answer this, but I hope it works out, because I’m working my rear off trying to impress people without sounding annoying. If anyone has advice, I’ll gladly take it.

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