Your personal story is important when you’re hiring – it provides context and background that allow prospective candidates to connect with you. It’s particularly crucial if you’re the hiring manager, and building personal rapport is critical to engaging your prospective hires.
In most cases however, when a personal story is included in an interview at all, it’s meandering and acts solely as a distraction. To use your personal story effectively, there are a few things to bear in mind.
Firstly, your story should chart your path to joining, starting or otherwise getting involved with the company. This is your opportunity to promote the great things about your business without appearing too salesy. The reasons for your involvement, and your experiences leading up to this part of your career, are a great place to start.
Be clear too about your role in the organisation, and how it relates to the position you’re hiring for. This will help potential candidates to understand their connection with you should they get the job, and tailor their responses accordingly.
Telling your personal story isn’t about demonstrating how amazing you are, although establishing credibility is important – it’s about bringing a human element to the interview and creating rapport. Don’t just reel off your achievements but try to give an overview of your career journey, and relate this to theirs where you can.
You should also give candidates the opportunity to ask questions about you, as well as about the job. The more of a connection you can establish and the more transparent you are, the better.
To some of you, this might feel like oversharing, but you’re asking someone to come and spend a significant amount of time with you. The more comfortable they are with you, the more likely they are to get on board.
About Tom Froggatt
Singular Talent is led by our Director, Tom Froggatt, a highly experienced Life Sciences Recruitment and Executive Search consultant, with a strong track record of building teams, developing talent and creating outstanding hiring experiences.
With over 250 personal placements to his name, 1500+ assignments successfully delivered by his teams and a strong track record of both developing new business and moulding highly competent recruitment consultants and leaders, Tom is dedicated to Making Hiring Better by supporting the careers and helping build the companies of those we work with.
Get in touch with Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org.