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What did you do to stand out when you were interviewing for your community manager job? (looking for bold stories!)

For our students who have never done an interview before, they can be really intimidating! What did you do to stand out in your interviews for the job you have now as a community manager? Inspire us with your stories of how you got the job!

_This is part of a question series for CMX Summit to highlight exciting careers in community management. If you are interested in a career in community management, now would be a good time to ask a question of your own!_ #community-management #job-application

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Katherine’s Answer

I'm not the kind of person who does crazy things - I prefer the simplicity of a good single-page resume and a really, really compellingly written cover letter. The most interesting thing I've put in a cover letter for a job I got was an explanation of my four LinkedIn connections to the founder of a small company, all of whom were people she knew well enough to call. It was very important to her that I understand her space and industry and this immediately set me apart as someone who had already done relationship building in the space.

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Hector’s Answer

Let me start by stating that to me at least, ANY job interview is intimidating. You are selling yourself as a worker, so you need to present your best treats in that area without exaggerating nor lying. Avoid thinking at all that you will or will not get the job, kick that out of your mind and focus on the interview. When you answer a question, keep in mind that they are trying to find out what can you do for the company, not the other way around, so make sure you focus your answers that way, how your knowledge and skills will benefit the organization, etc
Of course, there are also very subjective factors that even when they do exists, we should try to ignore during the interview. There are cases when in the panel you find someone that starts asking questions that make no real sense, and their attitude tells you clearly you are not liked for whatever the reason. Some other times you realize you are there just to fill a requisite, but you never know, so always do your best and be prepared for anything