Last night, a good friend told me an interesting story about how to differentiate yourself in the interview world. Since I’ve trained hundreds of people on this I couldn’t help but be intrigued.
My friend was invited out to lunch with some co-workers. The interview prospect for the company was going to accompany them and the lunch was going to serve as an extension of the formal interview.
On the way to the restaurant, the team leader asked the prospect to explain what he did in his first interview with this company. The prospect described how at the end of the interview, he took out one of his business cards and lit a corner of it on fire. Once the flame was well established, with one hard snap of his wrist he extinguished the fire. He then calmly looked up at the interviewer and told him in simple terms, “I’m your Dragon Slayer…if you have problems, I will be the guy to fix it.”
As odd as this may sound (he acknowledged that it was a risky move but he knew he could back it up with performance), it absolutely differentiated him from all the other prospects. In fact, it was so effective that this demonstration remained the main focus of their lunch conversation.
I asked my buddy if he got the job, and he told me they made the offer and were really hoping the prospect would accept it. In a world where people struggle to find work, here is a guy doing things so differently that he is in the driver’s seat deciding which job he should take!
That’s the lesson! Quit being the same as everyone else and start coming at jobs and the world from a different angle! It won’t always work, but when it does the result is amazing!!