In this article, we are going to share one of the most important secrets of winning interviews at any level – and that is mastering the art and science of storytelling. All other factors like dress, manners, qualifications, and etcetera become inconsequential, if the interviewers are impressed with a candidate, and that depends upon scientific storytelling.
Let’s break this down a little further and make things simpler for you to understand.
As one of the best recruitment agencies in Gujarat, thousands of candidates have passed through our hands, and we have learned that in a large number of cases interviewers find it hard to explain why they did not extend a job offer, except that they “felt” the candidate was not right.
Despite all justifications like “the candidate’s qualifications do not meet job requirements,” or “we had a better candidate,” or “the candidate wouldn’t fit the company culture,” we find interviewers consistently fail to pinpoint concretely why things went wrong for the candidate.
It’s not that the interviewers are wrong, but that they trust their instincts and do not spend the effort to pinpoint things given the glut of candidates in the market for certain positions.
So, candidates remain in the dark as to what they did wrong.
What we found in our more than a decade of handling recruitment for big companies is that candidates who failed to highlight their attributes properly with scientific storytelling are those who faced the highest rejection.
Scientific storytelling at the interview table
Every interview hinges upon your successful answers on competency based questions.
And, answering competency based questions in an interview is your only chance to impress the interviewers.
The impression interviewers have of your competence largely depends upon the quality of the examples you offer, and how you narrate such examples.
If the examples are weak, you lose your chances. If your examples are strong, you increase your chances of being hired.
If you overemphasize your personal role in achievements, your chances of being recruited decrease. If you fail to highlight your contribution in work achievements, you won’t get hired.
If you are able to demonstrate successful collaboration and teamwork in your achievements, your chances of being hired increases.
If you can involve the interviewers and make them follow along with your story – you are a winner.
This is why, learning scientific storytelling is important to win job interviews.
Whenever answering competency based questions, if you are able to illustrate your answer with a solid example that is pitched in a balanced manner, you have won the interview.
And this is why, you need to assess beforehand the kind of competency-based questions that you might face, and prepare a set of examples that can help you win the interview. You need to rehearse these over and over again by yourself or with partners, and keep rehearsing until things become smooth and easy.
On your resume, all your work-experiences should highlight a steady development of the set of core skills desired by the job position.
And on the interview table, all stories you tell should focus on demonstrating the hands-on knowledge you have acquired in the industry.
This is one of the biggest secrets of winning job interviews.