Interviewers won’t remember much of what you say in an interview. They’ll remember the stories you tell.
Anyone can say they work hard and work well in a team. That’s forgettable.
Talk about the time you cold-called the CEO of a multinational company though. That’s hard to forget.
Immediately, I’m thinking, ‘Wow, this person is confident and takes initiative’. They didn’t need to tell me they had those traits; I can clearly infer it from their example.
Interviewers will also remember the way you make them feel.
Are you saying what you really believe, or are you saying what I want to hear? Do you believe in what you are saying or are you doubting your own achievements?
I actually don’t want you to be the finished product. I want you to be someone who can make a mistake and be upfront about it. I want someone who can be honest about what they don’t know. Authenticity is the shortcut to being an exceptional interviewee.