Having interviewed lots of people lots of people, I now realize why many comedians use job interviews as their point of talks. However, the only difference here is that the inarticulate and boring job candidates are rather invisible in real life job interviews contrary to what is obtainable in movies. Some people I met are so afraid of doing it wrong that they literally failed to answer my questions and of course they did not get the job.
This simply explains why employment experts suggest that some questions be posed to job seekers in an interview. To achieve a better result, job seekers can tell a professional story that will get the attention of the hiring manager and cause them to see how experienced and professional they are in the field.
Stories are usually interesting to everyone but you should note that you can easily screw up the whole thing by telling the wrong story. In fact, you may actually be telling the right story the wrong way. In other words, you should know the right way to tell stories in a job interview and avoid the wrong way in order not to screw up things.
Stories are memorable
It is important to place yourself in the interviewer’s shoe when you are being interviewed for a job. You can ask yourself what the interviewer is looking for in a candidate and the virtue you possess that will cause you to become outstanding in the interview. Having discovered the qualities you have that will make you stand out above the crowd, consider how best you can let the employer know that you have such qualities.
Science has made us understand that presentations and bullet points activate the part of the brain that processes language and decodes meaning. This is also the case when it comes to reading resume or using identical words in a job interview.
Stories light up the brain and activate the language processing and decoding areas of the brain. In other words, telling your interviewer a compelling story might make the difference between getting the job and not getting it as the interviewer will understand how qualified and experienced you are for the job.
Ensure that you tell relevant stories
Any story may be told in a job interview, however, you should ensure that the stories you tell are relevant to the job. The story could range from the turning point in your life that helped you discovered your purpose in life to events that helped you gain mastery in the field. You should reserve hilarious and irrelevant stories for your friends. The essence of telling story in an interview is to make obvious important and vital aspect of your life in a compelling way, thus you should endeavor to wield it wisely and professionally to your advantage.
Stories might help you, the interviewee, to gain compatibility with the interviewer
You probably may have read a book which began with a character you obviously was not compatible with at the beginning of the story but just to discover that you can identify with the character at the end of the story. This is exactly what telling meaningful and relevant stories will do for you in a job interview. Telling such stories will bring the hiring managers into your world. Of course, every hiring manager will prefer hiring someone that they understand than the person that they do not understand.
Scientists at Princeton said that when you tell a story, you pass across more than information to your listener’s brain. You pass across ideas and emotions as well to them. The interviewer will easily understand your experiences and challenges when you tell stories in an interview.
May 10, 2017