How To Make Yourself Interesting During A Job Interview. Whether you’re in an HR interview, a sales interview, or what have you, your personality can play a huge role in how people perceive and hire you.
How To Make Yourself Interesting During A Job Interview
Being interesting in any social setting is perceived as very difficult and reserved only for the ‘cool’ people. However, you don’t need to have a thrilling story, or some great achievement to appear interesting. In fact, it’s possible to make just about any mundane activity appear interesting if you present it right.
When in an interview, it’s important to have all your experiences, skills, and attributes organized for presentation. If you note down everything you’ve done, it allows you to think about them and bring them up if required during an answer.
The most important thing to remember when telling a ‘story’ or some sort of ‘experience’ is that it must relate to the person or business you’re talking to. People love to talk about themselves. How many times have you been in a conversation, only to notice you’re simply waiting for the other person to stop talking so you can talk yourself? As is said (somewhat morbidly) in a line from the movie, “Fight Club”, “When people think you’re dying, they really, really listen to you, instead of just waiting for their turn to speak.”
Here are some strategies to do exactly that
The fact is, people are mostly selfish. They want to talk about themselves and only hear things pertaining to them. When an interviewee begins to speak about THEIR experiences; what an interviewer really wants to hear is how THAT experience helps the company. So when retelling that time you mediated a dispute during a college project; finds ways of saying it in a way that could translate to working at your prospective company. Allow the interviewer to relate to your experience, and suddenly, it becomes a lot more interesting for them.
Pick out experiences that could relate to the company or the interviewer. If the interview brought up any clues to his or her past, analyze what you can say to relate to that past (same college? same work experience? traveling, etc, etc). Emphasize points in your story that can actually be a bit interesting, and make sure to tell it in a way that’s engaging.
I’ve found that if you tell someone something in an excited tone, regardless of how dull the story may be; it can completely grab someone’s attention. Passion = Interest.
Think of your past experience and spend some time practicing telling your story. Either with your friends, your parents, or by yourself, practicing your storytelling can be incredibly beneficial for you. You’ll be amazed at how interesting you can make a story.
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