You are ready for the job interview!
You've rehearsed answers to questions you know are going to get asked. You've researched the company, memorized the mission statement, can recite the company's motto in French, Italian, and Swahili, and discovered the company owner's enjoys yachting in the Indian Ocean when he's not starting amazing companies like the one you're trying to get a job at.
During the interview, however, you come across as a robot, giving the same tired strengths and weaknesses answers. The recruiter--who's interviewed thousands of qualified candidates--has no idea who you are 47 seconds after you leave the office, and you just missed out on the chance of a lifetime.
Admit it, you've gone to several websites looking for how to answer job interview questions--the same websites the previous 12 interviewees went to, by the way. When you interview for a job, you don't need to copy others' answers. You have a unique story to tell, one that the interviewer will remember. Focusing on your unique story turns a job interview into an authentic moment to stand out.
Come prepared. Decide on the theme of any narrative you're going to tell the interviewer. Themes, for example, could involve how you are always looking to improve, that you're detail-oriented, or that you work well with deadlines.
Now that you have the basics on how to formulate a personal narrative for a job interview, be sure to keep in mind the following:
And one last, very important tip: Be yourself. You obviously want to make yourself look good, but you don't want to come across as a phony. When you're prepared for the interview, you are confident and likely to come across as unique and authentic.
U Diverse can help you make the change. We provide in-depth coaching from ICF-certified coaches and trainers who speak French, English, Dutch, Spanish and German. Take action and get matched with our coaches today with us today. Call us on +31 6 55 83 24 42 and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on LinkedIn and check our website: www.udiversecoaching.com
About U Diverse’s founder: Magali Toussaint is the founder of U Diverse. She is an ICF-certified leadership and career coach, cross-cultural trainer and job search strategist with an extensive career in recruitment, HR, diversity, and education. She has also helped international organizations on their talent acquisition strategies and diversity plans. She has lived and worked in over four countries. To learn more, visit her Linkedin profile at linkedin.com/in/magalitoussaint
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