Getting Your Stories Ready for Your Job Interview

Telling stories at a job interview? It’s more common than you may think.

Being prompted to tell a story during an interview is enough to send you spiraling into panic mode. These prompts are called behavioral interview questions. Behavioral questions are typically asked at job interviews to gauge how successful you are at problem solving. These questions can provide the interviewer with insight into your personality, skills and abilities. The stories can be from prior jobs, volunteer work, school, or real-life experiences.

Don’t let that dreaded question, “So, tell me about yourself…” trip you up. If you have your job interview stories at the ready, you’ll be sure to ace your interview! This colorful hand-drawn infographic by Human Workplace CEO Liz Ryan offers 15 great tips on how to prepare. Use these as writing or discussion prompts in your career exploration class, or as practice questions for your next job interview.



  1. A story about a time when you had to turn on a dime.
  2. A story about a time when you learned from a mistake.
  3. A story about working on a team.
  4. A story about working with a difficult person.
  5. A story about going it alone without directions.
  6. A story about going the extra mile.
  7. A story about changing course in mid-stream.
  8. A story about a time when you solved a complicated problem.
  9. A story about compromise.
  10. A story about when you thought of a better way to do something.
  11. A story about when you saved the day.
  12. A story about a time you volunteered.
  13. A story about when you helped a co-worker.
  14. A story about when you thought outside the box.
  15. A story about a time you learned something about yourself.

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