Interviews #2 The Middle Questions: Your Cue To Tell Your Story

The Middle — Brainstorm Experiences and Adapt to Fit the Questions — Three “PAR” Anecdotes

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“Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.” Hannah Arendt

Your interviews are as memorable as the stories you share. Many people have fascinating experiences but forget them when they’re on the spot.

To remedy this, review the key skills, attributes and experiences needed for the role.

Consider questions that are likely to uncover these.

Then have Three Anecdotes ready for each and base them on the following simple “PAR” format:

  1. Problem — What was the situation?
  2. Action — What did you do to solve it?
  3. Result — What changed afterwards?



Published by Carmel O' Reilly

I’m Carmel O’ Reilly, Founder of I’m the author Your WorkLife Your Way, blogger and podcaster on the subject of WorkLife. My work focuses on helping people to live their best WorkLives, by managing their learning, development and growth, through effective self-feedback, insightful self-questions and the ability to shape and tell their unique story. My Mission is: “To spread the power of WorkLives lived with Passion, Purpose and Pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.”

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