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Being smart with stories on interviews

Being Smart With Stories | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 863 I speak about using stories effectively when interviewing . . . and it isn’t what you think.


Today's podcast talks with you about stories. Most of you already know that there will be a lot of questions that you will be asked where you can talk about what you've done and how you went about doing it through stories. In doing so, use a way of talking about the situation you stepped into, the resources that you have available to you, the actions that you took the outcomes that you received in the course of doing this work. You got that.

What often happens is the story because the land particularly well. Whatever the reason is it doesn't work. When you're preparing for your interviews (you do prepare for interviews, right) I always talk with people that tough interview question is that people are asked pretty predictably on interviews. Whether it is, "Tell me about yourself," or, "Where do you see yourself 5 years from now," "What are your career aspirations," "Tell me about a time when you ...." There are a lot of questions that are asked pretty predictably on interviews. If you been on a few interviews you can already see that you're being asked the same questions over and over again.

1. Prepare by rehearsing answers to this.
2. Prepare with stories.
3. Have multiple stories available to illustrate your point.

Why multiple stories?

You see 2 people or 3 people and tell the same story. It lands flat with one person and the others nod. What have you done to counteract the impact of that 1st story? Good or bad? With good, you want to reinforce it. With bad, you want to correct it.

The next person, you need you may ask you similar question, you want to offer up a different story to them and not just parrot back the 1st answer.
1, the 1st story landed flat
here's the big thing:
2. By selling more than one story, you demonstrate that you have more than one experience with contending with this problem and thus more experience.

I don't care for the most junior person is good be hired an organization or in the C suite. Telling multiple stories to answer question is an effective way of demonstrating your experience and capabilities plus tactically offers a counterbalance against the impact of the story landed flat on someone's ears. All

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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