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Use Stories to Ace Your Next Interview
And never sound like a robot again
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Today I'll discuss how to use stories to land your target job (& not be forgotten).
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Alright, let's dive into the how to tell stories in your next interview (and not sounds like a 🤖)
Why Do You Need to Tell Stories?
Most jobseekers bored the heck out of their interviewers…
If the interviewer can’t remember you, then you’ve already lost. You gotta create a connection. You have to stay entertaining.
How do you entertain? Through stories.
Stories are everywhere…
If you wanna keep talking like a 🤖🤖🤖 ignore this advice.
But if you wanna be remembered, keep reading.
Let’s start with the basics…
You Gotta Practice Your Stories
Write 1-2 stories for each qualification and relate your stories to your target role.
Use frameworks like:
Why use frameworks? They’re easy to remember. They’re comprehensive. And they’re concise.
Let’s dive into SPARL…
Use SPARL to Structure Your Answers
(1) Situation: Set the stage
(2) Problem: Talk about the challenges
(3) Action: Discuss your actions to address the problem
(4) Results: Share the results of your actions
(5) Learning: Connect what you learned to the target job
Let's talk through an example story:
Tell me about a conflict with a team member?
Step 1: Set the Situation
You need to give context.
Here’s my situation:
I was helping a B2B SaaS company with its go-to-market strategy. They needed help researching their competitors.
This sets the stage for the rest of the story.
Step 2: Address the Problem
Discuss the problem you faced...
Here’s my problem:
A team member explained how they wanted to research competitors. I upset them because I didn't follow their guidance.
This pulls your interviewer into the story.
Step 3: Discuss How Your Actions Address the Problem
Here are my actions:
I listened to my team member’s perspectives and told them I adjusted my research based on my initial findings.
P.S. Use ‘I’ instead of ‘we’ when you discuss your actions.
Step 4: Discuss Your Results
Results show the impact of your actions.
Here are my results:
We resolved our issues and understood each other's perspectives. We moved forward with my research and added my team’s feedback.
Interviewers care about results.
Step 5: Summarize What You Learned
Here’s what I learned:
I learned to trust my team’s guidance and to ask questions instead of continuing to work alone.
Interviewers love continued learning.
Show you learn from every situation.
TL;DR: Use SPARL to Tell Your Stories in Interviews
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