The ability to tell stories is essential for every stage in your career - in the interview and in your job. We tell stories every day, whether it's to that coffee shop Barista or to your future boss.
Storytelling is powerful because it engages your audience and keeps them listening. Why? Because we're humans and we've told stories for thousands of years. Interviewers are real people, too. Learn to tell your career story to stand out and land the job. Remember, this is your story and no-one elses, so let yourself shine!
Here's a tip sheet to record your story on Prosper:
- Find a quiet place to record your story where you won't be distracted.
- Pick the Story Single you want to record. What's a story single? A Story is our language for an interview question. We've hand-picked the top questions you will get in an interview, curated with input from employers around the globe.
- Try to keep your story to 2 minutes or less.
- Practice as much as you like and when you're ready, submit your story for feedback. You've got this!
- Grab a piece of paper and a pen and write out a few bullets. Try this structure:
Headline: what is the one sentence that you will start with to grab the interviewer's attention?
Set the back-story: tell the interviewer about the background context of this story. Everyone loves a good back-story, it's the key to any character development!
Share the conflict: every story has a little conflict - this is why we gravitate towards good vs. evil - tension is essential in creating a compelling story. For example, what happened when you made that mistake?
Close with a happy ending: take the interviewer on a journey from conflict to resolution. What did you do to resolve it? What were the results
Still feeling a little nervous, no sweat! Try out a few simple questions. We like questions from The Basics pack.
Happy interview training 🎉