Over at Business Insider, there’s a solid piece of advice for anyone heading into a job interview: Prepare and rehearse your best stories beforehand.
Stories are powerful tools for selling yourself to an employer, because they illustrate how you’ve used your skills to improve a company’s culture or bottom line. They’re the best way to show off your problem-solving skills, and how well you interact with managers and customers. But they’re also not something you can deploy in a job interview without at least some forethought and practice.
As you rehearse, remember: A good story includes some vital elements. It must feature you undertaking some action, as opposed to observing others’ activities. It’s also important to delineate any obstacles or difficulties that could have prevented you from completing that action. Third, you must describe the positive results of your action, whether it was a better piece of software or a happier customer.
Last but not least, keep the story tight—rambling won’t score you any points with the interviewer.
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