You Are More than the Average
“If I had another resume just like yours, what three things would you bring to the work that the other person would not?”
I’ve used that interview question for well over ten years. It’s not a test of reactions or a comparison. It’s how I find out more about what a person values and who that person is. I’ve never thought about a “right” answer; never heard a “wrong” one; might have caught one or two that seemed a little unreal.
In over a decade I’ve never gotten the same answer twice.
What happens is the person stops, thinks for a while then says something of unique value.
- I always listen when people talk.
- I know what I know and make sure to ask when I don’t.
- I’m honest. I’ll never lie to you.
- I’m a quick study and I’m thorough.
- I see things that other people don’t see.
Every answer is a bonus, above that person’s job qualifications. Sometimes it’s a natural talent. Sometimes it’s a skill. Sometimes it’s a core value or quality that speaks to his or her humanity. Always it’s a statement of an individual’s uniqueness.
We are our uniqueness, our skills and our abilities, our image, our traits, and our potential. Each of us as a person fits and fills a need or solves a problem in a way that no other person ever will.
You’ve got your own unique talents, skills, values, and human qualities.
You are more than the average person.
We all are.
What do you bring that would be missing if you weren’t there?
I’ll go first.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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