Job Candidates Should Be Less Risk Averse

Candidates like to employ a play-it-safe strategy during job interviews. They offer conservative answers. They avoid saying anything atypical. They let their credentials do the talking. But in this hyper-competitive market, a risk-averse approach may not be the way to go. When it comes down to it, hiring committees talk about what they remember most about a job candidate. Experience and credentials are important to them, of course. But so, too, are lasting impressions. So perhaps candidates should stop worrying about fitting in, and start trying to find ways to separate themselves from the pack.

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