3 Absolute Ways To Stand Out In A Job Interview

Published: Jun 12, 2014

3 Absolute Ways To Stand Out In A Job Interview
3 Absolute Ways To Stand Out In A Job Interview
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June 12, 2014

How do you distinguish yourself from the other candidates?

By Carole Martin, Interview Coach

Have you ever wondered how two equally qualified candidates can walk into an interview, but only one walks out with the job?

What is it that sets the two apart? Why does one candidate get the job and the other sent on his way feeling like he failed?

Finding your ace.

An important factor with any interview is being able to distinguish yourself from the competitor who walks through the door. It is essential that you discover “your ace,” and be able to talk about what makes you unique.

There are three categories of skills to consider when deciding what make you unique.

1. Knowledge-based skills: These skills are learned through experience or education—computer programs, graphics, languages, writing, training, management, chemistry, coaching, sales, and leadership.

2. Transferable skills: These skills are portable. You can take them with you to almost any job—communication, listening, decision making, judgment, initiative, negotiation, planning, organizing, time management, and some leadership skills.Think about what you have to offer in the way of transferable skills. Chances are that you are probably taking some of the skills that make you unique for granted.

Personal skills: These are the qualities that make you who you are—flexible, integrity, friendly, dependable, decisive, reliable, calm, high-energy, patient, good attitude, adaptable, and detail-oriented. These skills cannot be taught, even though some employers would like to, and should be valued as important.

When trying to establish what makes you unique, think of all three categories and where you want to focus to let the interviewer know that you are the best person for the job and why.

It is very easy for even the savviest of job seekers to make these mistakes. By learning how to navigate these potential pitfalls from the outset, your job search will be more productive and yield more positive results!

About the Author

The Interview Coach, Carole Martin, is a celebrated author, job coach, and speaker on the subject of interviewing and recruiting. Carole is using her proven methods for coaching job seekers on competitive interviewing skills in technical and non-technical industries. www.interviewcoach.com

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