How to Make Your Job Interview Unforgettable 

Preparing for your next job interview? Here's how you can stand out.

Picture this: You’re in the hot seat, the spotlight’s on you, and it’s your moment to shine. But instead of rattling off a list of accomplishments and skills, you lean in and say, “Let me tell you a story.”  

Suddenly, the atmosphere changes.  

You’re no longer a candidate sweating under the scrutiny of interview questions. You’re a storyteller, captivating your audience with a tale that proves how good you are at what you do.  

This is the power of storytelling in interviews. 

Why Storytelling Is Your Interview Superpower 

When it comes to job interviews, it’s not merely about the badges of honour you’ve collected along your career path.  

Some recruiters might believe they hire people based on pure logic. But the truth is, feelings also play a vital role in making decisions. When you weave your experiences into a great narrative, you can make them feel great about you.   

Storytelling isn’t just for authors and filmmakers. It’s a technique rooted in psychology that can catapult your career development to new heights.  

Here are reasons why using story in your job interview is a great tool. 

  1. It proves your strengths: Think about it. When faced with behavioural interview questions, a story can vividly illustrate your skills in action, making your capabilities come to life. 
  2. It reveals your values: Through your stories, you paint a picture of what you stand for, subtly demonstrating how your ethos meshes with the prospective employer’s culture.  
  3. It helps to keep calm: Sharing a story feels natural, like chatting with an old friend. This familiarity can be a soothing balm for interview jitters, helping you stay composed.  
  4. It makes you stand out: In a sea of candidates, a memorable story can be the beacon that guides interviewers back to you, setting you apart from the crowd.  
  5. It connects on a deeper level: Beyond the black and white of your resume, stories forge a deeper connection, showcasing your knack for engaging with people – a crucial skill in any role. 

How to Harness the Power of Storytelling 

This all means that you, as a job candidate, have a lot of power to leverage.   

Now, you might be thinking, “Well, that sounds great, but how do I get started?”  

The art of storytelling is something anyone can master with a bit of practice. Here are a few tips to get you started: 

  • Mine Your Experiences: Reflect on your career for moments of challenge, achievement, or growth. These are your gold nuggets. 
  • Structure Your Story: Every good story has a beginning, middle, and end. Set the scene, introduce the conflict, and share how you triumphed.  
  • Keep It Relevant: Tailor your stories to the job you’re applying for. Highlight the skills and experiences most pertinent to the role. 
  • Practise, But Keep It Natural: Rehearse your stories to ensure they’re concise and impactful, but allow for spontaneity. You’re sharing, not reciting.  
  • Engage Your Audience: Make eye contact, modulate your voice, and use gestures to bring your story to life. Engage your interviewers as if they’re part of the tale.  

Wrapping It Up 

In the end, storytelling in interviews is about proving rather than telling. It’s a strategy that not only highlights your achievements but does so in a way that’s as unforgettable as a well-told tale.  

So before your next interview, remember: don’t just show up to tell them about yourself. Show up to tell them a story.  Tell it well.

Best of luck!

Gus Jansen

Gus Jansen

Gus is a seasoned consultant specialising in product and digital recruitment and behavioural science at ThunderLabs.

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