How much better do you have to be than other high level competitors, to be the best? In 2008 it was proven that 1/100 of a second or less was all it took to be the best in the highest level of competition.
Currently when you are hunting for a job, you are in an intense competition. You are in a competition where you don’t get to judge yourself against your competitors. Most off the time, if you don’t get the job, you won’t be able to find out why you lost the competition. However all competitions, including this one have one thing in common; the winner will have at a minimum a SLIGHT EDGE over the loser(s).
The slight edge that matters is the one that is being measured. In job hunting that could be anything. Do you exhibit a slight edge over your biggest competitors? Do you project confidence? Do you project professionalism? Are you clear about your strengths? Do you look better, dress better, groom better? Is your resume the best it can be? Is it printed on appropriate paper and in a style that is suitable for the job? Do you practice key answers so that they flow out automatically and increase your confidence? How do you distinguish yourself from your competition?
At the end of the day, if a person talks to you and 3 of other job hunters, are they going to remember you? Will they think you had the slight edge? Will you fade into obscurity at the end of the day?
In 2008 Michael Phelps won a number of medals in swimming. Some say he is the greatest swimmer of all time. He has won more gold medals than any other Olympian. One of his most memorable races was the 100 meter butterfly which he won by 1/100th of a second. Do you remember the name of the swimmer that was 1/100th of a second behind?