How Much Of Your “Story” Should You Share In A Job Interview?
“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.”
You have a story to tell, and everyone’s story is different. Your job search is an opportunity to think about that story, and practice the telling so it is a natural delivery. But just how much do you share in a job interview?
God has a story also. It’s one of love and redemption as told through the ages and culminating in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ. All of history (His story) revolves around Christ.
Your story is the intersection of your life and His story. Your story is God’s story told through your vocational experience. Your story is about the gifts, skills, abilities, and experiences He gave you through each of the places you have worked.
Any good storyteller matches his story to the audience. You will want to do the same. You will need to think about how best to line up all you have with what the employer needs to address their problems.
Will you tell your whole story?
This means, in part, you won’t tell your whole story. In most cases, you won’t discuss the part God has played in your story. You won’t relate how God has woven the threads of your experience to date to form your résumé. It would not be appropriate to do so. That’s not why they invited you to interview. They want to know how you can help them address some problems they are facing.
At times, however, and with faith-based employers, the topic of God’s involvement will come up and be relevant. Think about what that looks like, but don’t force it into the discussion. Let it come naturally.
As part of your story, be prepared to discuss:
- Your skills, what you have done.
- Your experience, where you have worked.
- Your history; what you have learned about yourself along the way.
- Your abilities; how you have improved over time to give you the skills you have today.
Yes, you have quite a story to tell. You are a unique creation of God, with no equal. As you tell your unique story, God shines through, whether you ever mention Him or not.
Capture your story.
Practice your story.
Tell your story.
You are a master storyteller.
Heavenly Author, you have written my story from all my past experiences. Help me to tell it effectively.
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