As much as you might think otherwise, a job interview is not an interrogation; it’s a conversation. All good conversations involve anecdotes, so you should be prepared with an assortment of stories to tell the interviewer to prove that you are the right choice for the job.
Every interviewer wants to know the following three things about you: Are you an asset?; are you a team player?; and, will you fit into the organizational culture? This is not one of those situations were two out of three will do. If you want to be hired, the answer to all three of those questions will have to be “yes.” The best way to show you fit the bill is to take the initiative and have several personal stories that you can tell, taking maybe 30 to 90 seconds each. Here are six examples that you can use for your next interview:
- Describe a time where you made or saved money in your previous job.
- Explain how you responded or recovered from a crisis.
- Was there a time where you had to work and function as a team? Talk about this and explain what your contributions were.
- How did you handle stress at your previous job?
- Talk about how you played a successful leadership role and provided direction for the team.
- Finally, try to recall a time where you experienced a failure. Tell the interviewer how you rebounded from that to do more good work.