Using Storytelling as a Job-Search Strategy

Karl L. Smart, Jerry DiMaria

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This article demonstrates and reinforces the role that well-told stories play in the success of the job-search process. Building on narrative theory, impression management, and an increased use of behavioral-based questions in interviews, well-crafted stories about work and educational experiences demonstrate skills applicants possess and convey them to interviewers in memorable ways. The article shows how to construct stories based on an applicant’s experiences and shaped to the needs of a potential employer. Additionally, the article demonstrates how a job seeker can create a collection of personal stories that can be adapted to varying job interview situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-198
Number of pages14
JournalBusiness and Professional Communication Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018


  • behavioral-based questions
  • impression management
  • job interviews
  • job search
  • narrative theory
  • storytelling


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