Job interviewing is really not about you. You’ll discover the most talented don’t always get hired. More often, offers go to talented people perceived as fitting in and enjoyable to work with. So how can you project those qualities?

Your goal is to build relationships and show genuine interest in all those you encounter in the jobs search setting. Consider what questions to ask in an interview if you want to stand out.

The first rule is to ask hiring personnel about challenges they face. That allows you to promote your skills and abilities in context of helping to resolve their problems. Further questions can demonstrate your interest and yield valuable insights:

  • What would I be doing on a typical day?
  • What do you like best about working for this company?
  • Where do you see the company in three years time?

Another tip for stepping out of the spotlight in correspondence: limit the use of “I” as much as possible. Instead of beginning a letter or email with, “I want to thank you”, why not, “Thank you for your…” This subtle change will differentiate you from other applicants.

Make your job search about the people you meet, their perceptions, and fulfilling the needs of companies. By approaching your search with this mindset, you’ll likely experience more control and gain new opportunities to impress for success!

 

Beth Kelzer
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