Superhero Interviews

With all the recent talk about gamification, be it in education, marketing, or the workplace it seems only natural that the world of comic book and video game superheros would find its way to the job hunt. If you never spent your Saturdays in a comic book store or video arcade don't worry, the type of superhero we are talking bout here is the one who can communicate a story.
It turns out that the same things that drives to the multiplex for the latest summer blockbuster also drive employers to make new hires.  Author and career expert Anita Bruzzese wrote recently an article for USA Today which she features on her blog dealing with this very idea. Here is a sampling:
For example, if you're in a job interview, don't just list your qualifications for a hiring manager. Instead, "tell a story of one person you sold a product to and how you created a relationship with this person," Guber says. "Talk about how they felt, how you felt. Tell the story of how you were a steward for that company."
He also advises building a more emotional connection with a potential employer or hiring manager before an interview by doing your homework. Maybe you can learn through online research that a hiring manager has a certain hobby or that the company is involved in some community efforts.
"You want to have a dialogue, not a monologue, so look for areas of interest that engage them," he says. "Look for the emotional connection. Approach the interview through that lens."
Sounds like good advice. The goal is always to make yourself stand out from the crowd, and what better way than by bonding over a good story.