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:
- What is your greatest strength?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
- Describe a difficult work situation or project and how you overcame it.
- How do you evaluate success?
- Why are you leaving or have left your job?
- Why do you want this job?
- Why should we hire you?
- What are your goals for the future?
- 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:
- 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.
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