I discuss how to prepare for your interviews, how to improve your resume, and the two magic words to use during your interviews.
Let’s talk today about preparing for an interview. This tactic can also be used for improving your resume dramatically. But, at a minimum. If you haven’t done this before and had just been sending out resumes, it is the gold that will help you excel on your interviews.
Here’s what you did. You go back to your resume and go bullet point by bullet point and ask yourself the question, “What’s the story behind this statement?” I made the statement that I did such and such. What’s the story, what events occurred? Put in you, talking to a friend or family member about what it is that she did and how you went about doing it as well as what you stepped into at the time. Prepare yourself with the story behind those facts.
This is an approach that works extremely well and resumes and will help differentiate you from the competition in your resume. After all, if you just lay out a resume as if it were job description (I do this. I do that. I am part of a team that does this or that.), Your resume becomes boring. But if you put some life into it by giving some texture to it, by contextualizing what you did and giving a bigger impact at your organization, it has enormous results and you will get many more interviews. When you tell the stories behind the story on your interview, you will stand out from the competition.
I also want to teach you the 2 magic words to use on your interviews to really differentiate yourself.
I’m sure you’ll be asked about what you did and how you went about doing it on your interviews. You’re the 2 magic words to use on your interviews:
Then you talk about what you stepped into. Those 2 words, for example, go a long way to allowing people to see you for what you did and what you accomplish at your previous organization. It allows you to speak freely about what you’ve accomplished and doing it in the way that audiences love– stories. People love stories.
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