Storytelling: A Key Skill for Nailing an Interview

Your interviewer likely hears the same list of qualifications from candidates over and over again.  So what makes your qualifications stand out?  Making them memorable with a story.  Crafting a story around each of your skills is a timeless interview technique professionals have been teaching and using for a long, long time.  And it works.  Here’s how to do it.

1. Create a list of skills that make you a match for the job you want.

2. For each of these skills, think of at least one time (preferably three times) you demonstrated it at work or otherwise.

3. Make sure your chosen examples are things you feel good about, things that stir your passion or that you enjoy talking about. This will come through in the interview.

4. During the interview, incorporate these stories into the flow of conversation as your interviewer asks about your skills and experience.

You likely won’t use all of your stories, but having them on hand ensures you won’t end up stumped in the interview.

Storytelling not your forte?

It’s okay, many people don’t feel comfortable telling stories in the spotlight. However, you need to be able to do this in an interview, in some form. So here’s what you can do to prepare.

1. Give your story structure.  Write down a situation, solution, and results sequence for each story.  This will help it stick in your mind, and flow more logically when you’re in the interview.

2. Practice.  You may feel silly, but do it anyway!  Out loud by yourself first, then bite the bullet and ask a friend or family member to listen.  Practicing out loud will help you overcome any fears.

3. We said this in #4 above, but it bears repeating. Chose examples that you truly can speak passionately about.  It’s so much easier to share a story about something you like talking about.

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