How Telling The Right Story Can Help You Ace That Interview

Posted on: September 7th, 2016


When preparing for an interview, you will probably do the usual things such as reading up about the company and hirers, or formulating answers to typically-asked questions like “What would you say is your worst trait?”

But have you ever thought about putting together a great story or anecdote that really demonstrates your skills? According to a recent article by the Recruiting Times, this one step could give you the edge over other candidates.

As the article notes, interviews are largely formal occasions; you go in with your CV and qualifications, and try to convey that your knowledge and experience makes you the right person for the job.

However, beyond your skill set most hirers are also looking for somebody who is personable, friendly, conversational and who will be a good match with their company culture; so it’s important not to forget the personal touch.

Storytelling is a great way to engage interviewers while conveying your personality and, hopefully, attributes such as wit and humour. The story or anecdote could be about your former workplace, or even from your personal life; the key thing to remember is that it should be relevant, appropriate and succinct – there’s nothing worse than rambling on and using up valuable time!

To get you started, here are three storytelling methods to consider using:

The Literal Story

This might be an example from a former role or workplace that demonstrates your skills, the type of worker you are, and your knowledge of the industry. You may be asked to tell such a story anyway, so it’s always worth having one under your belt.

The Lateral Story

Anecdotes from your personal life can be just as effective at winning your interviewers round, particularly if they convey your morals or values and paint you in a positive light. They can also show the interviewers that you would be a good cultural fit for the company.

The Learning Story

Was there a particular professional moment in your career that taught you an important lesson – either about yourself or the industry? It’s great to demonstrate that you monitor your own progress and that you can use newly gained knowledge to move your career forwards.

So as well as knowing your facts, next time you’re preparing an interview make sure that you have an interesting story to share, too! And if you need any more help with your job search, get in touch with our friendly team here at Lucy Bristow.

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