One of One
I’m a total fan of the Dr. Pepper commercials promoting the “One of One” campaign. It emphasizes the parts of people that make them so unique and special. My husband used to kid around and call me the blueberry in a bowl of tomato soup. What he meant was I was so unique and one of a kind; that I stood out among the rest.
In an interview, all candidates are being asked the same questions, and though there are key things the interviewer is listening for, the candidate will come off as rehearsed and unoriginal if they answer with anything overused.
Behind the Words
More than just hearing the “right” answer, employers are really trying to get a feel for the person behind the words. I encourage people to be themselves in interviews!
Not only can you show a bit of personality in your attire, as most people will, but you can choose to word your answers in such a way that will allow the person behind the resume to come out.
The resume, though a necessary document, is only a bland description of work history and accomplishments. The actual interview is to determine if your personality is the right “fit” for the position and company.
What Makes You…You
I’ve seen all types of personalities when interviewing candidates for job positions. Some of them were right for the job I was offering and some weren’t, but the interviews I most enjoyed were the ones where I could really get to know the person I was interviewing. Usually, these interviews contained laughter, wittiness, and genuine conversation.
Use the qualities that make you special to win over your interviewer. One thing I’ve noticed that I do well in interviews is through in quips every now and again into my answers. I use this gift to make my interviewer smile or let out a little laugh. This allows them to see me as a person instead of just a candidate.
I’m also naturally very enthusiastic about life, so I let that show through my expression and smile while offering intelligent answers, showing both my devotion to my work, and my joy for life. Some might think that my enthusiasm is excessive, but that only means that I’m not the right fit for those companies.
From Me to You
I like to advise everyone to be honest in answering their questions, which not only brings sincerity and authenticity to the answer, but it also allows a bit of character to be slipped in.