The older I get, the smaller the world gets. What used to be six degrees of separation now feels like three. Sometimes less. A few weeks ago, Bob and I ran into two couples on the beach (parents, daughter, son-in-law, we soon learned) and upon making introductions, I instantly recognized the older woman as a freelance writer who had come to me 20 years earlier seeking career placement help.
I remembered her name, her career history, even where and what she was writing at the time. This surprised her; it surprised me, too.
And it got me thinking: I’ve interviewed literally thousands of people over my long career. Most I forget over time. Some I forgot the next day.
What was it about Bernadette that made her memorable?
What makes ANY candidate memorable?
I think it boils down to seven things. Keep them in mind the next time you interview.