THREE tips on how to tell your story in a JOB interview
Sitting in a job interview is a tense state of mind conflicting with fear and ecstasy all on same time and ultimately you're already nervous. You know you've something to contribute. You really admire the company. However, when the interviewer asks you to tell them about yourself, you buckle. You realize telling your story in person is quite difficult. You stumble or forget the most important pieces of your personal story, potentially damaging your interview experience. Now what?
We're amongst the greatest of script writers when it comes to compiling stories about ourselves in mere minutes online in social profiles or blog "about" pages. Why is it so hard to tell the same story in person? Perhaps the solution is to merge your two stories, your online self and offline self, together in order to optimize your image. The following are a few tips that can help you to craft a compelling personal story for job interviews.
1. Two Worlds & Two Stories
With the advancement of social-media recruiters now have unleashed their powers to go through a detailed check on their candidates profile. Chances are high that a recruiter or hiring manager will Google you online before offering you an interview or job. The online story — blog posts, articles, etc. — should validate the assertions and promises made in the offline story — resume — if you're seeking to leave a positive and memorable impression in a job interview. For instance, if you're presenting yourself in interviews as being an experienced sales executive who has delivered results for your employers, your online story should support this assertion. Further, blending the two stories will back up any career history claims you've made during the interview. Online mentions of, references about, or discussion of your accomplishments will serve to legitimize your offline claims, and make it indisputable that you could be an invaluable addition to your interviewer's organization.
One firm story can be helpful, but compiling two and making them as similar as possible can make telling your story more interesting.
Being consistent means tailoring your story in such a manner that the redundancy of facts can be avoided. Your online presence and interview responses give you a chance to provide more color to your career history. You can go into more detail and really show your passion for a particular industry or company in ways that aren't possible in a resume. However, the bottom line is that both stories should be similarly positioned.
It's all about how wisely you can market yourself. Look at your interview story as a way to "sell" your accomplishments, strengths and motivations to the interviewer. By doing so, you clearly show why you're worthy of the position.
3. Cover-up : Check out your story
This ain't an easy tack to execute. Scripting to tailoring to its final execution all should fall in place in order to be successful cause the one on other side of the table will make it tough for you to entertain him. According to a new survey it was indicated that nearly 4 out of 5 recruiters check candidates social profiles. It's possible you will be researched online before your interview. If your offline story does not match your online one, the interviewer may challenge you.
Thinking either ways and analyzing facts is also important. It's important to spin the conversation back to your accomplishments if things start to go sour. flush out concern by asking what caught their attention and if they have any specific concerns about your capabilities. Understanding the interview as a risk assessment exercise helps you respond appropriately to these kinds of challenges. It's not personal — they don't know you — it's them doing their due diligence.
Creating your interview story in a digital era means more than telling the interviewer about yourself. Merge your online and offline stories to create a more cohesive story. Doing so helps the interviewer understand why you're right for the job.