They want to know your story
Interviews and job fairs are a great time to share your traits with employers, but rather than say
I am a people person OR
I am a hard worker, etc. include those details in a story and provide examples to WOW them!
• Prepare 3 or 5 stories in advance by mapping out exactly what you want to share and what you want the employer to know about you.
• When you mention a trait back it up with a specific example and prove it.
• Don't ramble, keep it short and to the point!
Let’s take a look at some examples:
1- How you overcame a challenge
Every job certainly has things that challenge us, but by discussing how you faced and overcame them employers will recognize that you are the type of person who gets the job done. They will recognize that you know how to utilize resources to the best of your advantage. So, tell them about a time when something stood in your way and how you were able to overcome it.
2- A time you worked with a team
Remember your elementary report card when you were graded on how you interacted with your classmates? Well, today employers are looking for that same quality, that you work well with others. They need to know that you will fit in with the current team and that you can work together to accomplish common goals. So tell them about a time you worked well with others. For example, maybe it was when your team finished a challenging project or you all came together to help a customer. Just remember to show how you worked well with others.
3- When you solved a problem
No company out there is perfect and has problems that need addressing. Rather than telling the employer, you are a “problem solver,” provide examples to back up how you solved specific issues. This will get their wheels turning about how you can solve THEIR problems and propel the company forward! Bonus points if you can match how you solved problems to the ones that the company is currently facing!
Remember when sharing a story, be specific and back it up with examples. It will sound more captivating than just stating the facts.
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