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How to Set Yourself Apart From Other Job Candidates

When TeamSugar member dancingpanda1988asked for tips on ways to sell yourself that aren't used and everyone else who is trying to get into the door, ilanic13 offered some very useful insight that I didn't want any of you to miss.

Something that I've definitely learned in my years in the professional world is that sometimes you don't have to be the most qualified, but the most agreeable, the one that fits in the environment best, or the most willing to learn and throw yourself into it. I think sometimes that is more important than having skills, since it's often the people who are passionate about something that see things through the roughest of times.

I couldn't agree more with her thoughtful observation. See my tips on setting yourself apart from a crowd of candidates when you


  • Show some personality. Interviews are formal, but just because your outfit is buttoned up it doesn't mean your personality should be, too. The people interviewing you are looking for someone that will not just fit the position, but will fit in and work well with the other employees. Being someone that your interviewer wants to be around will make a lasting impression and you'll surely stand out from other candidates.
  • Be convincingly enthusiastic.If you have the desire to learn about a new field make sure you have plenty of points about why you're interested. Talk to other people in the industry before you interview and reference what you learned from those conversations. If you're simply looking for a similar job at a different company, learn as much as you can about the company culture and develop points about why you're a good fit.
  • Gain confidence by studying your strengths. It may seem obvious, but so many job applicants do not have confidence in their ability to do a job. If it's obvious you don't believe in yourself, how could you expect to win the confidence of a potential employer? Use your strengths as your selling points and explain how they'll enable you to do the best possible job.


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runningesq runningesq 8 years
yay ilanac! This is SO SO true -- or has been for me! I interviewed for a job as a prosecutor in the DA's office. I KNOW that I wasn't the smartest applicant -- nor was I the "most qualified" .. BUT: the attorneys that interviewed me thought I would fit in well at the office, and 'fit' was very important to them. I also went out of my way to meet a lot of ppl from the office at networking events beforehand, so they knew my 'social-business' personality before I interviwed :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
oooh i didn't realize that i'd get noted here :) that's exciting. ok, now that i'm past my blushing phase... with your personality - something that i've found which works EVERY time is find something in common with whomever you're talking to. chances are you know someone in common, went to school with someone in common - take it out of the work environment and make it a bit more social. i think that i've found that more people live in the town that i grew up in or come from that town, or know someone in that town, and to be honest, it's a SMALL town. but still - the interviewer will remember you since they will have a connection that's more than the 'pretty blonde girl in a business suit'.
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