Could You Use A Little Creativity In Your Job Interview?Posted: 31st of March 2015 by
Interviews are hardly the most relaxing of experiences. Waiting outside the interview room, dressed up in your best clothes, and hoping to impress whoever you are supposed to meet in order to land a job (or apprenticeship) isn’t most people’s idea of fun. It is, for example, quite a long way from sitting about chatting with friends and swapping stories about your weekend. However, maybe with a little creative thinking you could use some of the skills from how you interact with your friends to improve your interview technique?
Firstly, a word of warning. An interview is not like meeting your friends in a café, and nor should you treat it as such. Quite obviously, an interview is a serious matter where you will need to be business-like and, ultimately, on your best behaviour. Banter is definitely not advised!
However, an interview is a chance to impress by showing a little bit of your personality – otherwise you may as well just sit and recite your C.V. (don’t do that either!). The interview gives your prospective employer a chance to ask you a few questions, tell you about the job, and see if they think you will fit in. You, meanwhile, get the chance to see what the company is like, ask a little bit more about the job you have applied for, and most importantly, impress the interviewer!
Thinking ahead to the interview itself, you should be able to guess at some of the questions you are going to be asked. You will almost certainly be asked about any skills relating to the job and when you have used them in the past. So, perhaps the job you are applying for needs you to be able to manage a small team of people, you may need to say when you have taken on such a responsibility before, and how you may have dealt with conflicts. However, you may not have had this experience at work, you may have had a similar situation arise elsewhere – perhaps as a captain of a sports team, for example.
You now have the chance to tell a story about yourself that directly relates to what the interviewer wants you to show them. Not only can you say that you have managed a team, but you can also provide evidence from your own experience, and offer up a story as proof.
Just as you may swap stories with your friends and family, so you can draw on these dame creative skills to help you get through an interview. You may want to think ahead and prepare some ideas for stories you can tell before the interview. It might also be a good idea to test them out on a friend or relative. Tell them you have an interview and ask if they think you should tell the interviewer about a certain event. Try telling the story and see how it goes across. The better the story, and the more relaxed you feel telling it, the better you will come across during the interview.
Don’t fill the story with jokes, or make things up. This story is about you, and should be true to life, that way, you will be more relaxed as you tell it, and there is no chance of you being deemed to be untrustworthy (not a good thing in a job interview).
Remember, your interviewer is a person too, able to relate to situations and empathise, so use that to your advantage by offering them a short story or anecdote to show a little of your personality and prove your C.V.
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