Q: How do I make myself stand out in a job interview without going over the top? (FD, email).
A: Forgive me for being glib, but I think you have little to worry about. People who are likely to go over the top don’t even stop to ask that question. The fact that you are wondering where the line is drawn suggests to me that you are highly unlikely to get the tone wrong.
Most people don’t go over the top in a job interview. In fact, most people stay well below the line. Record yourself doing an answer. Over the years, I’ve noticed that good answers rarely run beyond four minutes. See if you’re coming in under that. If you’re running for eight, it’s time to take out the cleaver alright and have a chat with yourself.
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