Have you ever left an interview and felt like you weren’t heard? You were asked questions, but they were not the questions that allowed you to show your interviewer that your skills matched their needs. Bridge the communication divide. When asked the standard “Tell me about yourself,” use your response to explain how you meet the job description. Incorporate the language that will connect with your interviewer. Finish with two sentences that state that your skills match their needs, express your knowledge of, and enthusiasm about the company, and your interest in discussing the work that the role requires. If the interviewer talks, but leaves little room for questions, then shift the interview direction by asking questions that reflect your knowledge of the organization. Pre interview study the job description and treat it like you would an assigned work task. As an employee you must anticipate, identify, prevent, and solve problems. Approach each component of the job description in a similar manner. When you demonstrate this “show while telling” approach you create equity between yourself and your interviewer. You are a participant in a conversation, rather than someone hoping for permission to contribute.