Take a step back from the job seeker perspective and take a look at the hiring manager”s perspective. The hiring manager is hiring because he has a problem. He either is in need of additional help or he is not satisfied with an employee and he wants to replace that employee. The hiring manager has a problem, you may not know exactly what the problem is but he is looking for a solution to his problem so he is hiring.
The challenge for the interviewee is to be the solution. The hiring manager is going to hire the person that fits his needs and is a solution to his problem. It is all up to you to be the solution, no one is going to make you the solution, you have to be the solution. You cannot simply rely on your skills to sell you as a solution. You have to do more than that, sell yourself as that solution. Tell the person doing the interview that you had 95% efficiency at your last job and that you showed up every day. Describe your previous jobs and how you made a difference to that company.
It is easy when you get a job to feel relaxed and not work as hard. NO that is wrong, in this competitive job market the employees that only do the bare minimum get replaced or laid off. Go the extra mile when you are working and tell the hiring manager how you went the extra mile at your last job. Tell the interviewer that you did the job in three hours instead of the four hours expected. Tell him or her about how you finished your work early and cleaned you machine, helped a struggling employee, or take on new projects. By going the extra mile you are becoming a solution to the problem.
Another radical way to prove that you are a solution to your problem is to offer to work for free for a certain time period. Prove to them that you are the solution and that you are the employee that they need. Simply making the offer may impress the hiring manager so much that they are willing to offer you the job right away. As a footnote it is important to be prepared to go through with any offer that you make. Another important foot note is that it is important to sell yourself as the solution but do not sell yourself as the the solution to a problem that you cannot fix.
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