When we get the opportunity to interview for a position that we are excited for, we tend to try to say too much. We might try to touch on a little bit of everything, such as previous roles, skills, accomplishments, where we went to school and any relevant clubs or activities, as well as our work style. Rather we should focus on a clear and concise career story. The story of how you got to where you are today, why you want to work for the company and why you are perfect for the given role.
When crafting your career story, be sure to insert your passion to stand out and be a memorable candidate. Tell the hiring manager why you are interested in your field, and how that interest came to be. To really stand out include a cute or funny story about how you became involved in your field or posses a certain characteristic which qualifies you for the position.
After you share how you first became interested in the field, it is time to mention relevant experience.
“You should cover your goals, accomplishments and transitions for each of your roles,” says Joseph Liu, Career Consultant & Host of the Career Relaunch Podcast. “This allows an interviewer to do three things: 1) understand how you perceive your career trajectory, 2) lay the foundation for high-quality follow-up questions and 3) assess your communication skills and ability to provide structure to an otherwise open-ended question.”
To do this without simply repeating what the hiring manager can see on your resume, you must decide what major chapters of your career to focus on. Then highlighting key accomplishments and roles to reinforce your story. To add to the story talk about your transitions and motivations along the way.
The final pieces of your story should include why you are interested in this position and how you can benefit the company. Know what your strengths are that match what the employer is looking for, and talk about what makes you qualified for the position. Finally finish your story with a brief sentence or two stating why you would be perfect for the job.
Once you have your story, it is important to practice it, so that it feels natural to say. Equally important is showing your passion and excitement for this opportunity.
Find the full article and an example of a career story HERE