Job hunters need to use effective storytelling in order to catch an employer’s attention. Aside from your own story, you must also have an extensive knowledge of the employer’s story.
Here are some tips to help you:
1. Get to know your potential employer beforehand. If you’ve been looking for a job for months, this should be a must-do routine. Don’t go inside the interview room if you haven’t done your research about the company.
This shouldn’t be difficult.You can always learn about the organization using their website, online portals and LinkedIn profile. Don’t hesitate to ask your network of friends if they know someone working in the company you’ve applied for.
Your knowledge about the company can show how you will be a good fit. At the same time, it will give you clues as to what questions to ask and how to highlight your skills in the best possible way. Not doing research will definitely raise a red flag.So don’t skip this step.
2. Get to know more about yourself. Evaluate your accomplishments. How much have you achieved in the past 5 years? How well have you performed in the tasks that were given to you?
Be aware of your skills, talents and experiences to be able to sell yourself effectively.(This doesn’t mean you need to be boastful of what you have achieved.) Make sure to bring concrete proof to back up your statements.
3. Stitch your story together with your employer’s background. Practicedelivering your story and think about how to match it with what the company is looking for. This is the best way to engage your audience, especially when employers start asking behavioral interview questions.
Once an employer starts asking those types of questions, you don’t have to worry about right or wrong answers. What’s important is revealing your character as an employee, work style, disposition and how you handle complex situations.