We asked three seasoned recruiters to tell us about their most exceptional candidates ever and what it was that made them so memorable. The CIO had done an outstanding job working in a small, privately owned business and had overseen many very successful software implementations. What’s more, he was also incredibly pleasant to deal with and despite his impressive achievements showed no air of arrogance or hubris. The takeout: Strive for excellence in your current role, have passion for what you do, and be pleasant and professional in person. In a crowded job market, knowing what differentiates you from similar candidates and how this will benefit employers can help you stand out from your competition.