In an age where the amount of paper used for printing CVs and letters of application is sufficient to manufacture toilet paper for three generations to come, it’s quite important to stand out from the crowd.

The question is: What is it that makes you different from all the other guys? Is it 10 rather than 5 years of experience? Is it the size of the team you managed? Or is it something completely different?

Check out: The Value of Being the “Weird” Job Candidate






  • counterintuitive – contrary to intuition or to common-sense expectation
  • interviewee – one who is interviewed
  • vivid – producing powerful feelings or strong, clear images in the mind
  • leverage – use (something) to maximum advantage


Think about it

  • How does the von Restorff Effect work?
  • What things are taken into consideration while discussing potential candidates after the interview?
  • Who are the most disadvantaged people in a “crowded field?”
  • Do you agree with Oscar Wilde’s statement? Why? Why not?
  • What’s the only thing worse than being remembered?


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing letters.

Now think _b_ _ t a typical hiring process. A company makes an announcement for a position opening; many people apply; a s_b_ _t of applicants get interviews; and after the interviews, a group w_ _h_n the company decides _ h_ _ to hire. Anyone who’s been _n _ _lv_d in the hiring process knows that a lot of the discussion around hiring d_p_ _d_ on what people “remember” about the   _nt_rv_ _w_ _s. Of course, there are concrete things to consider (e.g., CVs, psychometric test scores, etc.), but people’s r_c_ _l_c_ _ _ns also play a big part [. . .]


Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words. Use ONE word in each blank space.

So when the files are discussed, how will you be separated ________ the other guys? Maybe it’s because you cited Jay-Z ________ than Warren Buffet (Jay’s buddy, actually) ________ the reason you wanted to go into private equity. Maybe it’s because you had ________ spider tattoo on your thumb. Maybe it’s because you worked ________ a bartender in Cambodia ________ two years after college. Maybe it’s just because you were you and didn’t try to be the McHire-Me you thought they wanted.


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