The best story you can tell during a job interview is based on authentic examples

How to provide effective examples during a job interview

Three ways of getting your message across thanks to a good narrative strategy

The best story you can tell during a job interview is based on authentic ‘examples’ of your previous working experiences. This type of approach will prove to have a much more engaging impact on the HR professional. It will also give a nice personal touch to your past professional path, by making the meeting more informal and relaxed. It’s all about conveying your own story through practical cases that can value your skills, your professional persona, your work ethics and aspirations.

If you want to succeed in your next interview put in practice the following tips:

Think of at least three great stories that you can easily exemplify

Before your job interview prepare the narrative behind the stories you want to share and pick at least three. Try to use an approach able to cover your whole past experience and give value to those competences that you want to surface during the conversation. Be honest and keep it simple when telling the stories and especially learn to use them to your advantage by anticipating possible questions or doubts. Bring to the table the examples and stories that truly represent what you are as a person and as a professional.

Choose the way you want to present the cases

The manner you intend to tell your story is of extreme importance, and every good story contains these three elements: the problem, the action and the result’ according to Forbes. The problem consists in obstacles or difficulties you had to solve, the action phase represents the way you deal with problems and last but not least the final result shows how valuable you can be for a company. Include all the above elements in your examples if you want to benefit from a positive feedback from the recruiters’ side.

Always keep it short and easy to share

Once you’ve decided which stories and how you want to present them, use a simple storytelling based on a brief approach. Avoid long and tedious details that would spoil the quality of your cases. Focus on quality and authenticity instead and add also original and unexpected elements that can create an intriguing effect on the interviewer. Of course, never lose sight of a coherent chronological timeline in order to avoid confusion.


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