Qualifications aren’t the only thing considered when filling a job vacancy. If that was the case, there would be no need for interviews. Instead, the hiring manager would just pick the most colourful CV and then take the rest of the day off. That’s not the case though, is it? They want to meet you before they hire you. And what’s a better way to bring you than through a story? Here are some tips to make your story-telling during an interview even more compelling.
What Every Story Needs
When you tell a story in an interview, it is to answer a question. And like most questions, the person who asks it expects a satisfactory answer. Your story should, therefore, establish a goal. What were you trying to achieve in that scenario? Next, you need to define the obstacle you faced to your interviewer. Then, tell them what decisions you took and what the outcome was.
Introduce Your Story
You need to transition properly into the story that you’re going to be telling. Ask your interviewer if you can tell them a story. Or you can start with an intriguing line. Something like “I remember when I had to… Can I tell you about it?” Easing them into the story makes sure that they’re prepared for it.
During an interview, you can tell stories that are personal. However, you definitely should not tell stories that are private. It is important not to overshare. This can create an unfavourable opinion of you in the mind if your interviewer.
Don’t Badmouth Previous Employers
This is a warning that you will find in a thousand interview guides. Saying bad things about previous employers, and coworkers will harm your interviewer’s impression of you. Inadvertently casting previous colleagues in a bad light is also a big no-no. Watch the things that you say so that you don’t come off as untrustworthy.
Don’t Go Over Three Minutes
You need to watch how long you talk for. If you make the mistake of droning on for too long you will lose the interest of your interviewer. You will also obscure the point of the story that you’re telling. Your point will not come across. It can be good to practice your story responses to frequently asked interview questions.
Identify The Experiences That You Can Bring Up
You should know, before every interview, the anecdotes that you want to draw from. Look back on your past experiences and decide the ones in which you solved a problem. You should also know what qualities enabled you to come to that resolution.
You Don’t Always Have To Save The Day
In your stories, you don’t have to try too hard to be the person that saved the day. If your role was in assisting a coworker or some other minor role, make that clear. You should also highlight what the entire experience taught you.
People love hearing stories. If you tell a good one, you will leave your interviewer with a positive memory of you.