Be the best to beat the competition
I was brainstorming for an upcoming interview and thought of a great question to ask. As a salesperson, I thought the question showcases my consultative approach. Unfortunately, you can’t ask the question. Every job seeker wants to know the answer to the question:
Who is my competition?
Obviously, you’re not looking for a name, but wouldn’t you like to know the skill-set and experience of the competition? You’d know how to position yourself for getting the job.
Due to privacy issues and other reasons, you aren’t able to know your competition. Without this information, how do you win the battle for the job?
- DO YOUR BEST - The key is to put forth your very best effort. Invest time preparing for each opportunity. From writing your tailored cover letter and resume, to sending a thank you note to every interviewer, do the very best job you can.
- KNOW YOUR COMPETITORS ARE TOUGH TO BEAT. Imagine the competition as the defending champion. The other candidates are experienced and skilled just like you. Try to think they’re fierce competitors as well. Tough to beat.
- You have a short time to convince the interviewer that you’re the right candidate for the job. STUDY THE JOB DESCRIPTION to help you make sure you can backup every listed responsibility. Prepare and practice.
- If you can, try ways to uncover hidden needs that weren’t included in the job description. ASK GOOD QUESTIONS. It’s possible to find more reasons that you’re the best candidate.
Since your competition is a secret, to beat them you must be the best candidate. The entire job search is a fierce competition, but you don’t know who your up against. The only choice you have is to work hard at putting forth your very best effort.
Good luck to us all!