Tighter stories – better job interviews
No matter how quickly communications change one thing remains constant – the power of the story. Great communication is built on great stories. So is getting a new comms job.
Using tighter stories
Having been a candidate (successful and unsuccessful), a hiring manager, and now a communications recruiter, I’ve seen that the job interviews that go well feature plenty of tight, focused stories.
A panel interview is an opportunity to tell your story, to add another chapter to the overarching narrative, the point of which is: “I’m right for the role”. Panel interviews are usually structured around open-ended questions – “Tell me about a time when….”. The best preparation for these types of interviews, and to showcase your abilities, is to develop stories that are tight, interesting and informative.
A lot of elements go into successful storytelling but strip it right back. Effective stories are built around three elements: what needs to be achieved; the obstacles to achieving the goal; and what you do to overcome the obstacles.
The STAR technique
In an interview setting, this structure translates into what is often called the STAR technique. STAR is an acronym for:
STAR is not a magic formula. But it provides an adaptable structure to distil your extensive experience into easily understood nuggets. By making it easy for interview panels to understand what you offer you will be well on the way to getting that job you want.
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