Tell me if this sounds familiar: You continually make it to the interview stage, and then — crickets.
You have the skills to get in the door, but for some reason, you stall out when it comes to getting the offer. It's super frustrating, and you can't help but wonder why.
As someone who was responsible for recruiting and interviewing applicants for fellowship openings at organizations nationwide, I can tell you it's true that being qualified isn't always enough to edge out the competition.
So, how do you become one of those people the hiring manager will fight for when it comes down to just two qualified people?
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The answer is simple: Build a real connection with your interviewer. Without a doubt, that was what made me pick one similarly qualified applicant over another. (I'm only human, after all.)
Doing this is easier than you think — in fact, all the applicants who "connected" with me during the process only had to do the following: