Don’t Bore the Interviewer: Storytelling for Technical Presentations & Interviews

“Curiosity is the key to audience engagement”

Picture this: After months of applying, you’ve finally landed a job interview at your dream company. You are confident in your skills (direct and transferable) to succeed in the role, but sometimes you get nervous in interviews – stumbling over words, rambling, or going on tangents. By familiarizing yourself with the art of storytelling, you can differentiate yourself from other interviewees by making your answers clear, concise, comprehensive, and curiosity-inducing.

By introducing curiosity, your technical presentations will appeal to a broader audience, both technical and non-technical which is an important soft skill to have. By appealing to both technical and non-technical audiences, you will be able to bring the significance of your work, the impact of your approach, and lastly, validate the recruiter’s assumption that you might be a good fit for the job.

To bring an end to boring interviews, assuage imposter syndrome, and help our students stand out among interviewees with similar backgrounds (like your peers), the SEAS Career Services team put together a list of storytelling resources below. Each resource is available on LinkedIn Learning and complimentary to GW students (log in with your GW NetID and password).

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Learn more about how to leverage free online training and courses here.

By Chalvonna Smith Teachey
Chalvonna Smith Teachey Director