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Jackie Ghedine
Coach for Gen X Women | Jack Russell of Humans
The best way to tell this story is to know exactly who you are and what you represent as your own brand. We are more than a list descriptors and skills, we are a novel with beautiful stories and connections. Think of it this way, when you leave the room, what essence of remembrance are you leaving behind? It's like perfume that lingers. OK, now how to do that. Really dig into what your skills are and how they are unique to you and then how they can positively impact the organization you're applying for. When you tell someone you're organized, it means nothing. If you tell someone you are able to take disconnected processes and develop organized and efficient practices to save time...that's a story. We have an incredible free resource at The Resting Mind called, The Brand of You. I highly recommend it. Copy and paste this link. https://www.subscribepage.com/n2p0e4 Remember, you need to stand out from all the other candidates, own your strengths, develop your brand story and create a personal tagline (Mine: The Jack Russell of Humans) all so you can leave your beautiful essence behind.
Kati Nizzi
Software Delivery Professional
Definitely +1 on asking the interviews for feedback on your interview. +1 on making sure you are clear and concise in your answers too. To add on, are you doing research on the companies you're interviewing with? As a hiring manager I'm always impressed when a candidate comes in knowing who we are, what we do and have questions ready to ask. It makes for a much more engaging and memorable interview. I've been interviewing candidates for years, let me know if you want to do a mock one together or if you have any questions. Good luck!
Lauren Kaufmann
Clinical Supervisor in WNC
I agree with all of the above comments! I just went through hiring folks, and the one who we hired really gave us a super clear picture as to how they would make the position their own. It clearly wasn't just a job to them, and they sounded excited, offered an idea for the position (many ideas, really), and walked us through stories related to each question we asked. It was clear they had really envisioned themselves in the role, and clear that they understood why we were asking each question. To boil it down, don't "just answer the question" that they ask, but explore the question, tell a story about the question, show you understand how their question relates to the role and your future performance in the role.
Erica Oliveira
Strategic Communications Leader
Similar to STAR, I follow the SOAR stories framework: Situation, Obstacles, Actions, Results. I have actually crafted a whole bunch of them in four to six sentences maximum, and I have them organized in a Word doc by topic e.g., relationship building, innovative thinking, crisis communications, etc. I also tried to draw from varied experiences so should I need to use a couple in an interview, I don't sound like a one trick pony by only sharing details about one project/experience. It helps to review them before the interview and I have found them immensely helpful. I really like the prior commenter's recommendation to tie the stories into the responsibilities you'd be hired in for, a really great way to make them even more powerful and relevant. One other suggestion is to ask the screeners/recruiters for feedback to get a better sense of why you're not progressing further in the interview process. Good luck!
Sarah Harrison
Experienced Recruiter UK
Reaffirming the above, without having worked with you as a candidate it could be how you come across in interviews. Are you able to convey your experience off paper and showcase how awesome you are? The other factors into the unfortunate pandemic recruiters are now dealing with huge volumes of candidates which increases competition. I know that may not comfort you but sadly it's the truth. If you want to stand out look at STAR techniques as mentioned above. Also makes sure you are asking engaging questions aside from standard ones, shiw that youve researched the interviewer, and their background, find their pain points and relate your experience to how you can solve that problem. I hope this is somewhat useful and really hope you do secure thenright position. Also feel free to PM me if you want to talk through intervirw tips and techniques further.
You might need to reevaluate how you are answering interview questions. Are you using the STAR method? Providing a related Situation, Task you had to do, Action you took to perform the task, and the Result of the action. This method was suggested to me in an interview workshop provided by the MBA program I was in at the time. I used it and started making it into the final rounds of interviews and eventually landed the job I have today. It feels a bit like storytelling, so you definitely have to do a bit of practice so that you make sure to include all the information. A great place to start is googling "top interview questions asked". A lot of companies ask the same questions that are on the list, so you can prepare a few different stories based on them. Try to tie the stories to things that are on your resume, since your resume is clearly strong enough that you are getting interviews. Even better if you can also tie the stories to things that are going to be responsibilities of the position you are hiring for. Good luck! :)