So, what makes you, you?
This interview question is one that has bewildered many applicants, because it catches them off guard or it takes them out of their prearranged interviewing game plan. The first time I heard this question, I was not happy, because I thought I had every answer to every tough interview question. Man, was I wrong. We can have all of the mechanics of conducting excellent interviewing etiquette, but as many of us have noticed, every interview is different. It may be easy to prep for an upcoming interview, but when we are actually sitting in front of a hiring manager, we then sometimes forget the rehearsed strategy. In addition, sometimes it is even more difficult to remember certain phrases or terms that we memorized for an interview, but do not worry, it happens to many applicants. I have not only conducted hundreds of interviews, but I have also attended many employment interviews for myself. I discovered one approach that I have used many times to help me remember valuable words, phrases, and terms during interviews. What I do is memorize words that are associated with the company’s name and tie them in with the words that are associated with my personal and professional character. The technique is that all of the words must begin with the same letter of the company’s name.
Example #1: Prior to attending an interview with Coca-Cola, I memorized several positive words that begin with the letter “C” (for Coca-Cola), such as cautious, compassion, confident, courtesy, and creative. While in the interview, I did use the important basic words of supportive, effective, valuable…, but as the interview continued, I began to feel a little nervous and my vocabulary began to shrink. As I sat thinking of what question the interviewer might ask next, I remembered my positive “C” words, and I immediately began to feel more secure. For the remainder of the interview, I carefully used these words to secure a successful interview. I learned to associate the company name with my own constructive expressions.
Example #2: Let’s say you have an interview with a company that plans weddings. You can memorize words that begin with the letter “P” (for plans) that relates to the job tasks and to your strong character traits. Some of the words you can memorize are perform, plan, presented, produced, and professional. This method is effective, and very helpful.
Everyone has a unique way of interpreting things differently because we see things differently. However, identifying and visualizing yourself with a potential employer, is something we all do, and to help with your interviewing process, try learning to attach your characteristics to the employer.
Here is my response for answering the question “So, what makes you, you?”
• I am someone who is very confident in my creative processes.
• I am an excellent employee who has received several employment service awards for displaying compassion and outstanding customer courtesy.
• When I offer support to coworkers, family, and friends, I am extremely cautious that I provide the assistance that will help resolve their issue or concern.
• I am also very confident that I am the right person for this job.
Odie Smith is co-author of Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s Employment Survival Guide
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