The importance of you in a job interview

Picture this.  You and eleven other people have been shortlisted for a job interview. You all have a similar level of technical skills, and a similar level of transferable skills. So how will you achieve the ultimate prize in the face of strong competition? What sets you apart from other candidates? Part of the answer to that question may lie in you the person, in those things that make you uniquely you.

As a human being, you have an individual set of values, attitudes, traits and talents which sets you apart from the next person. What then, makes you, uniquely you?  Answers to this question can be found in various ways. Try asking yourself:

  • What is my reputation in the workplace, what am I the ‘go to’ person for, the one person people seek out when a specific need arises?
  • What presses my buttons in the workplace? Is it a safety matter or issues surrounding respect or listening, or something else entirely?
  • What do I want to be remembered for as a person, as an individual?

These are just some of the questions you can ask yourself in the quest to find out who you are, what you stand for, and how that may be of value to this particular employer.


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