Outstanding Versus Good

By Chris Cochran

Often times, the difference between the candidate who got the job and the one who came in second place is subtle. The outstanding candidate gets the job; the good one comes in second. Here are some examples of what that difference can be at the various stages of the hiring process.

Good candidates have their resume updated and ready to share with anyone who requests it.

Outstanding candidates have it ready, too. But, they tailor it specifically for that particular role or company who is asking them for it.

Good candidates make it easy to schedule an interview by being readily available and they’ve reviewed the company’s website prior to meeting with them.

Outstanding candidates do the same, but they go a bit further with their research by talking with a customer or client and have looked over the backgrounds of the people they’re meeting with on LinkedIn (they most likely have a profile).

Good candidates know everything that’s on his or her resume and ask good questions during the interview.

Outstanding candidates do the same, but it’s the stories they tell that make the difference. They share anecdotes of their challenges and successes that are all relative to the role or the hiring company. They also talk about the love they have for what they do.

If one has gotten to the offer stage, that’s nearly crossing the finish line. But, there is still an opportunity to be good or outstanding. Good candidates have a solid understanding of what a fair offer may be and with all of the needed information in terms of compensation and benefits in their possession, accept within a short time from the offer date. Should they wish to negotiate a better deal, they explain the added value that they would bring to the company.

In a scenario where the money is okay, but not great, the most important question they need to ask themselves if they’re wondering if they should accept the offer is: Is this the role I want at a company I want to be a part of? If one does accept, that company will figure they’ve hired an outstanding candidate.