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An interview is easily won by telling a story, in which there is a beginning and end, with you as the hero.

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The Best Job Candidates Are the Best Storytellers

The Best Job Candidates Are the Best Storytellers

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Tell A Story And Get Hired

A successful job interview hinges on a great story. A great story takes the audience on a journey. It has a clear beginning, middle, and end.

  • The “before” version of you was met with a challenge that forced you to learn, grow, and ultimately do something differently.
  • You mad...

We’re all human, and sometimes we don’t always slay the monster — that doesn’t mean we aren’t heroes. Telling your interviewer stories of both successes and failures will help you stand out as an emotionally intelligent and a self-aware candidate.

If you’re one of the people seeking a new work opportunity, then you’re probably prepping for a job interview (or a few).

You don't have to spend all your time memorizing facts about the company and your role. Learning as much as you can about the company you’re interviewing with is smart,...

Are you Googling “tips for a successful job interview” and reading the top articles?

Rehearsing “your greatest strengths and weaknesses?” Yawn. Instantaneous boredom.

Without the context of how you show up when it counts, you won’t impress the interviewer.

Your impression will stay at the surface level, leaving the interviewer with no emotional reaction to compel them to take a deeper look at you.

We’re all familiar with the most popular interview questions:

  • “Can you tell me about yourself?”
  • “What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?”
  • “Can you explain a challenge you overcame?”

Every situational question your interviewer asks you can benefit fr...

A great story takes the audience on a journey. It has a clear beginning, middle, and end.

The “before” version of you was met with a challenge that forced you to learn, grow, and ultimately do something differently (the beginning). You made a decision you never would have made before (the...

Every one of us has faced challenges at work. Your task is to unpack some of those moments — something few of us have taken the time to do — and practice relaying them in a compelling and authentic way.Maybe you saved the day by speaking up when you saw something unjust. Maybe you salvaged a clie...

When you share your story during an interview, you’re trusting your interviewer with a handful of unique details about your life and identity. That extension of trust is far more likely to be met with trust in return than a series of rehearsed responses.

Your goal in sharing your story during an interview is not to portray yourself as amazing all the time. The last thing you want to do is come off as a one-dimensional, cartoon hero. (That’s likely what every other job candidate is doing.)If you want to distinguish yourself and make a real impress...

Vulnerable authenticity tells your interviewer that you won’t show up to work every day pretending everything is always awesome (a false reality and untruthful in the long run). And that means that anybody who works with you won’t have to show up as one-dimensional, either.

Suddenly, your...

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