Make a Connection. Depending on how popular or sought after the job you are interviewing for is you willhave a lot of competition for a few positions. A stellar interview is crucial to make youstand out from the rest of the crowd. To give yourself an added edge and cement yourselfin your interviewer’s mind, try to make a personal connection with them at some point inthe interview.
A personal connection can take numerous forms. If you are in the interviewer’s officeand they have a picture of a sailboat on their wall (and you happen to love sailing), makean appropriate comment that identifies you as a sailor too. This may not put you aboveothers more qualified than you but it will help you to stand out amongst those you are indirect competition with.
Take your cues from the interviewer, if they seem uncomfortable with relaying anypersonal information or are not comfortable veering off topic then follow their lead. If apersonal conversation does develop, let the interviewer guide it. When they bring it to aclose and either get back to the questions or say good bye, leave it at that.
At the end of the day, interviewers want to hire people that are qualified and who will fitin with the rest of the team at the company. If you can make a connection and have theright skill sets you will be giving yourself a better chance than someone else. You willalso help the interviewer recall who you are and stick out in their mind as that candidatewho knew a lot about sailing.
If you are not comfortable with discussing personal topics during an interview, don’t feelthat you must go out of your way to do so. At the end of the day, your qualifications arewhat you should be highlighting.