Interviewers generally remember short stories in an interview situation a lot more than facts which are stated in a list format. Short focussed compelling stories give life to your answers. Below are 3 tips in regards creating compelling interview stories:
Tip 1: Think It, Ink It
If you have experienced a major challenge in work in the past, managed it well to a successful outcome, the important thing is to write the whole story down. Otherwise your best compelling stories risk being lost to memory over time.
Tip 2: Have a framework and background to your story
The background to your story should be the first thing you tell. This gives your interviewer a true reflection of the challenges you faced by providing them with a context to your story which they can easily visualise. Like all good stories, it is important to mention the location, the characters, the challenge, your exact involvement, and your thought at the time, your options and the strategy you decided to pursue. Examples of challenges you have faced in the past may be in relation to conflict resolution or meeting a project deadline in very tight deadlines. The above builds suspense in the interviewers mind and will be sure to grab the interviewer’s attention.
Tip 3: Focus on the positive outcomes
The focus at the end of your story should be on a positive outcome. For example “As a result of my intervention, I not only managed to retain the customer but the customer actually increased their order volume by 20% and continues to be a loyal customer to this present day”
Humans are short wired to remember stories. The more compelling the story, the better the opportunity that you will be remembered and the higher the probability that you will land the job.