Sitting down for an interview, you have two tasks: expressing your superior credentials and skills and connecting with the interviewer. Managing this balance can be difficult—you might be so focused on your qualifications that you strike out on the connection. Or, you might be so chatty with the interviewer that you forget to mention your best capabilities.
To be successful in your interview, you need to combine both. This balance works well in any interview, and the way to achieve it is through storytelling.
Many employers use behavioural interviews to find the perfect candidate; because of this, you will need detailed answers to support your work qualifications. Instead of rhyming off your work achievements, develop and implement storytelling skills to help the interview connect with you and feel like they are sharing in the experience.
With my help, you will be able to identify your unique value and communicate it to employers through strategic storytelling. You have been telling stories in conversation your whole life but how do you tell your story to an interviewer?
How to Use Storytelling in an Interview
There are times in an interview where you will be asked to tell a story. The question is typically along the lines of “Tell me about a time when you had to overcome a challenge.” And because you are given the story prompt, it makes the storytelling flow more easily.
But, even without a prompting question, you can tell a narrative around your work experiences, skill sets, and challenges you have faced.
If an interviewer asks about how you perform under deadlines, answer the question first, and transition into a story that confirms your response. Be sure to get the vital information out—how crucial your set of skills are to a team—and the interviewer will remember you because of your story.
Getting hired is your ultimate goal. So, you need to show the interviewer you are a person rather than a name on a resume. The interviewer should have a good sense of your personality and what you will deliver to the job by the end of the interview, and you can get there with storytelling.
Storytelling is a Powerful Interview Strategy
Storytelling during an interview needs to be strategic, and when it is, it is powerful and memorable. Consider what you want to convey to the interviewer to develop your stories.
You need to carefully construct your experience to showcase your strengths and align your skillset with the position.
With additional details about your abilities and experience, you connect the dots to prevent the listener from making an assumption. Make a note of what you want the interviewer to understand about you and exactly what you would like to impress upon them. Remember, you are trying to position yourself as the best candidate for the position.
To prepare before the interview, think of the qualities you most want the interviewer to remember about you. Write them down and it will be easier for you to recall them and develop the stories around them.
You want to leave a powerful impression and relay your reliability, problem-solving and analytical skills, proactiveness, ability to work on a team, and any other relevant skills.
In addition to the qualities you want the interviewer to remember, you need to research the position, company, and industry. Your stories will be more relevant, and you will appear more conscientious by doing so.
Career Marketing Centre can help you define your goals, create your brand, and solidify your stories before going to the interview.
Organize Your Thoughts for Compelling Stories
When telling your stories in a job interview, you want to appear clear and concise and avoid repetition. But, you need to give answers that are deep enough to ensure that all the key points are mentioned. Developing your potential interview answers in advance can calm your nerves and keep your mind on task.
As a reputable interview strategist, I will help you identify content for your stories ahead of time. My unique and effective award-winning interview strategy is more in-depth than the standard STAR (situation, task, action, result) approach to interviewing answers.
When you go into your interview without proper preparation, your stories can seem pointless and uninteresting. Your stories should be compelling so that you keep your interviewer’s interest.
It is ok to speak of failures when crafting your stories. When your story shows that you learned a lesson, you can demonstrate that it drove home a message to you. Showing that you are self-aware and can learn from mistakes are very desirable skills.
You should give thought to how your story will begin, how you will prove your point, and how you drive home the message that you are the best candidate.
Storytelling Makes You Memorable
Your interviewer may see dozens of candidates for your desired position. If you can deliver a detailed account of an industry or work-related scenario that conveys what the employer is looking for, you will stand out in the interviewer’s memory.
By signing on for a career readiness package, you will develop stories from both your life and work experiences. Each of the qualities you want the interviewer to recognize should have a story that you can draw on to explain.
If you are limited in work history, I can help you pull from life experiences and tailor your content to create an excellent story.
Together We Can Unearth Your Story
Storytelling is a great way to respond to interview questions so that your relationship to, and your impression on, the interviewer can flourish.
Telling a story about yourself can be extremely vulnerable. However, this is often the best way to connect with employers. By working with my award-winning methodology, you will be given the tools you need to level up your career! You’ll gain the services of an award-winning resume strategist and career development strategist to help you get noticed by employers.
My entire career readiness process is tailored to you, your goals, and your specific work history. From a LinkedIn refresh, to creating an effective resume, to detailed interview coaching, we work to help you land the job of your dreams.
Make an impression that lasts and get hired. Contact me today to get started!