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How can you prove to an interviewer that you are thoughtful?

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Question originally answered on Quora.com.

As in many questions, there is no definitive way to answer it.

Every interviewer has their own set of criteria to decide whether you are thoughtful or not.

Of all the job interviews I have had over the years, I don’t think I have ever once asked myself “I wonder if I was thoughtful enough?”

And there is room for interpretation on what the word ‘thoughtful’ actually means. From my perspective, I think of being thoughtful as bringing an extra cup of coffee back from the coffee machine for my coworker if I was going to grab one. I interpret being thoughtful as thinking of other’s needs without the expectation of something in return.

In the instance of a job interview, I think that maybe ‘thoughtful’ isn’t the word you are thinking of.

Perhaps you are thinking of being decisive, knowledgeable or well-spoken?

The only way to prove that you are all of the above … is to actually be so.

Even then, it would still be difficult to prove. I suppose the definitive way to know would be that you get the job.

A useful technique is to watch the body language of your interviewer. If they seem to be smiling, or drawing closer to you, it might be indicative of whatever you are saying to them is resonating with them. If so, keep it up!

If they seem to be withdrawing from you and frowning, that might be indicative that you’re not doing so well. Time to make some adjustments.

 

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