How are you different from another Workday professional? 🦄 I know harsh, right?

Now that we have your attention, if you are applying for new roles or interviewing with companies, does your background and experience really stand out from your peers? It’s a valid concern and one that many people share.

In your next job interview, rather than explaining positive results in your classic interview answer, turn those challenges into triumphs.

So how do you do that? With Storytelling

Just as in marketing, a compelling story resonates with others. Bring people along your journey – the bumps, hurdles, or challenges you’ve faced – and how you overcame them. Here is a modern formula that helps highlight your ability to overcome tough challenges.

👉 Predicament – Set the scene by narrating a specific event or experience that you’ve had.

👉 Obstacle – Articulate the challenge you faced.

👉 Outcome – Describe how you tackled those challenges.

👉 Introspection – Ponder how the situation and your actions have influenced you professionally (or personally for that matter).

Using this method of telling compelling stories about your past experiences, you’ll add some excitement to your job search and stand out from other candidates.

Want to see it in action? Here we go:

Predicament: In one of my previous roles, I was tasked with a Workday HCM and Payroll rollout to three international locations.

Obstacle: My team was already overworked, and it was obvious we did not have the capacity or expertise to lead this effort. There was no room for additional headcount on an already tight budget.

Outcome: Through my network, I was able to find companies that had been in similar situations, and this helped me understand and prioritize the best roadmap available to us. Creatively shifting responsibilities for existing team members as well as finding the right expertise in a scope that fit our budget, we were able to accomplish this on time and within our estimates.

Reflection: This experience taught me how to accomplish company and leadership goals with a streamlined budget, which I’ve since applied to all my projects.

Storytelling is more than just a communication tool—it’s a superpower that can captivate, inspire, and leave a lasting impression.