Usually we think of a story as being fictitious. In an interview, we want to tell the truth so we will use true stories. Having a story prepared, with good detail, will help you to answer tough interview questions.
Some questions are pretty straightforward such as "What was the title of your last position?".
Others require more detail. A question like: "What are your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?" can require you to do a little soul searching on the spot.
Here we will avoid that type of surprise attack by preparing a story for each question.
Having your stories prepared ahead of time, and being able to see which stories go with which questions can help you to answer even the toughest interview questions.
Just as you would tell a friend about what happened that day, recite your story to the hiring manager. Be brief, to the point, and recognize 'story questions' when they arise.
What were your beginning and ending levels of compensation? (specific)
You should have an accurate timeline of your previous pay. Be sure that you have the exact numbers. If you are offered a position, the hiring manager will check to see if your amounts are correct.
What were your expectations for the job and to what extent were they met? (story question)
Here most interviewers want to hear your side of how your previous position suited you. Now is not the time to vent your frustrations about your last job. Be positive and tell the interviewer about the position itself and your responsibilities.
What were your responsibilities? (specific)
Describe your responsibilities in detail and relate them to the job you are interviewing for. Focus most on your responsibilities that are directly related to the new job's requirements. You should be showing the employer that you have the qualifications necessary to do the job you are interviewing for.
What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them? (story question)
When asked this question, be sure to include specific examples of how you handled a particular difficult situation. Talk about how you researched the issue and contributed to finding a solution.
What have you learned from your mistakes? (story question)
Usually the interviewer will ask for an example so be prepared with a problem that differs from your major challenge question.
You have previous experience. It relates to the job you want. Being positive and telling your story to the hiring manager Proves Your Worth and can make for a pleasant interview experience.
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