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Better Job Interviews Through Storytelling with Brian Robben (Ep. 80)

October 12, 201543 min
What's more interesting: a good novel, or a stack of sticky notes that all have "I'm awesome" written on them?
This is essentially the difference between people who simply state their qualities in job interviews and those who illustrate those qualities by telling good stories.
During an interview, many people will simply say things like, "I'm a really hard worker," or "I'm willing to learn anything if you hire me."
The problem is... statements like this are boring, and anyone can make them. Instead of making the same statements as everyone else, you should seek to prove that you have those qualities by telling relevant stories from your past.
Humans intrinsically love stories, and using them can give you a huge edge in your interviews (and even on your resume).
In this episode, I'm talking with Brian Robben - an author, blogger, and outside sales rep for one of the largest print supply companies in the world - about how he was able to use storytelling to score a large number of interviews and land his current job.
Things mentioned in this episode:
Take Your Success - Brian's blog
The Golden Resume - Brian's book
Drinking 1400 oz. of water in a week
How much water should you drink?
How I automated 8 hours of work and watched Netflix all day
How to build a personal website
My personal website (the version I used in college)
Should you always send a cover letter?
My interview with Brad Karsh 
Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.
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