Make a Connection

Make a Connection

Depending on how popular or sought after the job you are interviewing for is you will 

have a lot of competition for a few positions. A stellar interview is crucial to make you 

stand out from the rest of the crowd. To give yourself an added edge and cement yourself 

in your interviewer’s mind, try to make a personal connection with them at some point in 

the interview.

A personal connection can take numerous forms. If you are in the interviewer’s office 

and they have a picture of a sailboat on their wall (and you happen to love sailing), make 

an appropriate comment that identifies you as a sailor too. This may not put you above 

others more qualified than you but it will help you to stand out amongst those you are in 

direct competition with.

Take your cues from the interviewer, if they seem uncomfortable with relaying any 

personal information or are not comfortable veering off-topic then follow their lead. If a 

the personal conversation does develop, let the interviewer guide it. When they bring it to a 

close and either get back to the questions or say goodbye, leave it at that.

At the end of the day, interviewers want to hire people that are qualified and who will fit 

in with the rest of the team at the company. If you can make a connection and have the 

right skill sets you will be giving yourself a better chance than someone else. You will 

also, help the interviewer recall who you are and stick out in their mind as that candidate 

who knew a lot about sailing.

If you are not comfortable with discussing personal topics during an interview, don’t feel 

that you must go out of your way to do so. At the end of the day, your qualifications are 

what you should be highlighting.

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