Well-chosen stories can help you clinch that new job

If your job involves makings speeches or presentations, you probably know how stories help get your message across. But did you know stories are also a great way of winning a job in the first place?

Telling short, relevant stories is a great way of delivering the key points of your CV in an interesting and memorable way. A well-chosen story will hold the listener’s attention, and will stick in the memory way better than facts and figures.

So what stories should you tell in a job interview? According to Google, the top 10 questions asked in job interviews are:

  1. What is your greatest strength?
  2. What is your greatest weakness?
  3. How do you handle stress and pressure?
  4. Describe a difficult work situation or project and how you overcame it.
  5. How do you evaluate success?
  6. Why are you leaving or have left your job?
  7. Why do you want this job?
  8. Why should we hire you?
  9. What are your goals for the future?
  10. Tell me about yourself.

Pick about three questions to answer. Prepare a story for each question. Select the stories with care. Make sure they highlight the qualities any would-be employer would focus on:

  • enterprise,
  • imagination,
  • problem-solving,
  • leadership,
  • communications,
  • interpersonal relations.

Polish your stories. Keep them short. Rehearse them. And then look for the chance to slip them into your job interviews.

You’ll give yourself a head start over the other candidates.

Hooked on Story

“Stories are how we remember.
We tend to forget bullet points and lists.”

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