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  • Rahul Guha

5 Points to Craft Your Compelling Story to bowl over the Interviewer

Does your resume tell your story? Interviewers are mostly intrigued to know about you. The interview would have been half over if your resume could draw your image precisely. I picked up this topic to write after a good thought to answer the most befitting question of this time. You get the chance to create your first impression once, the well-narrated story makes all the difference.

All of us have a story to narrate. If you delve into your past, traverse back to your age of adolescence, and look forward, you will discover incidents that earned you a lesson. Hurting lessons always imprints a lasting impact. We mostly decide to evade those situations in your life. Such learnings are transformational, leaves an enduring impression in our minds.

Positive experiences anyway motivate you and inspire you to echo.

The mind needs to walk through all these memories and put those relevant into a frame. Every story you narrate is a value snippet, this impacts the perception of others about you. An interviewer is no different. A well-narrated story depicts an impressive image of you. Much sharper & creative than what your resume speaks.

We generally overlook the importance of twining sequences of various stages of our lives. Illustrate our real character, values & reflect upon the kind of employee we would make.

To share a compelling narrative about a highly relatable character with whom anyone can identify. You need to prepare for the same.

Being prompted to narrate your story is enough to trigger a jam if you are not prepared.

Stories bring out your behavioral traits. You need to unravel those positive elements of your character without diving into a long-winding array of explanations that may not interest the Interviewer.

Remember to allure attention and not distract the interviewer by weaving tension & suspense like a theatre script.

Have a backup of a few sets of stories in your back pocket.

You need to pick one best suited for the time once you face the interview. The deciding factors may be the importance of the role, a span of control, the background of the company you are anchoring for the job. These elements can be plucked from the job description & notes you could collate during your research.

The art of selecting the right story is what you need to learn from the sheer presence of mind and regular practice.

Hope, till here, I could emphasize enough how critical is your story as a tool to impress upon the Interviewer.

In my professional experience over two decades, I have interviewed many who could leave a positive impression in my mind with their compelling stories. It does work while making a hiring decision.

Let us explore the five tips on how to construct your narrative to form an exciting story,