Telling Your Story
Why Shoud I Hire You?
It’s no secret. A good resume can open the door to an interview, but it’s your personal presentation in the interview that determines if you’ll secure the position for which you have applied.
Most every candidate for a job feels nervous on interview day. What will I be asked? What do they want? What if I don’t know the answer to a question? You hope you are prepared for the interrogation that awaits you, but the knot in your stomach never seems to go away. There is such a thing as good nervousness, you know. A little bit of stress helps many of us perform well. You cannot eliminate the jitters, but you can bring them under control by being well prepared.
What do you need to do?
- First, adjust your thinking. An interview is not an interrogation; it’s a conversation.
- Second, remember that you are not likely to be interviewing if the organization didn’t think you could do the job. Granted they may still want to hear you speak about your skills and job knowledge in the interview, but if they didn’t think you had the basics, you wouldn’t even be there.
- Third, learn to tell your story. Actually, learn to tell many short stories about your accomplishments and contributions in the classroom, at your internship, on the soccer field or at your weekly volunteer project. Show how you responded to a crisis, exhibited leadership, learned from a mistake, or functioned as part of a team.
Who are you? What can you do? What do you know? Every interview question, no matter how creatively worded or complexly designed, is basically asking one of these three questions. If you know this, you’ll not let the questions get the better of you. Instead, you will realize interviewers are seeking to learn more about your skills and your ability to perform them in a competent matter.
You don't have to be in the dark about what employers are looking for. Take a look at the top skills employers are looking for
you to address in your interview.
Now about your story....
- When you tell a story you come alive. You smile, you relax. You use gestures to complement your words and your tone of voice becomes interesting to listen to. Overall, you are engaged with the interviewer and are likely providing them with the kinds of information from which they can make good judgments about your lilely success on the job.
- Want to learn a great technique for telling your story? Would you like to schedule a mock interview Please contact the Career Development team; we'd be happy to meet with you.
- Refer to the Resource Library of your JOB CENTER account - Interviewing Skills folder - for TIPS.
- Consult the three digital editions of JOB CHOICES - Business & Liberal Arts; Science, Engineering & Technology; Diversity - for information on interview dress, interviewing methods (behavioral-based and web cam interviews), sample interview questions, and more.