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Storytelling as a Superpower in Job Interviews

Everyone loves a good story vs. a canned response, and the learned skill of answering open-ended questions through a storytelling lens during an interview, is a distinct advantage to job seekers in several ways: 

  1. Building Rapport: Sharing personal stories or experiences helps build rapport with the interviewer by creating a sense of relatability. It humanizes the interview process and fosters a more authentic and comfortable dialogue between you and the interviewer. 

  1. Memorability: Interviewers often meet with multiple candidates, and it's essential to make a lasting impression. The ability to answer open-ended questions with simple, succinct stories that demonstrate your relative experiences, approach and perspective can help you stand out from other candidates and leave a memorable impression on the interviewer. 

  1. Communication Skills: Effective storytelling demonstrates communication skills, including the ability to articulate ideas clearly, organize information coherently, and engage the listener effectively. These are valuable attributes that employers look for in candidates for roles that require effective communication, such as client-facing positions, and many interpersonal relationships within a team.  

  1. Highlighting Problem-Solving Abilities: By recounting specific instances where you successfully resolved a problem or handled a difficult situation, you can demonstrate your resourcefulness, creativity, and resilience.  It is an effective way to illustrate your problem-solving abilities and how you've overcome challenges in the past. 

  1. Demonstrating Cultural Fit: Storytelling can also be used to showcase your alignment with an employer’s values, culture, and mission. By sharing stories that reflect your values, you can convey your demonstrated commitment to contributing as a valuable team member.   

  1. Engagement: Using anecdotes or personal examples in your answers to interview questions, you create a memorable narrative that helps visualize your experiences, communication style, and critical thinking.  

Overall, learning to incorporate storytelling into the interview process allows you to present yourself in a more relatable and memorable way.  By leveraging the skill of storytelling, you can effectively convey your qualifications, experiences, and personality to the interviewer, setting yourself apart as a top-notch candidate. 

If you are interviewing to hire, or to be hired, you MUST read our FREE DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK, Interviewing From Both Sides Of The Desk.

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