How to Tell Your Native Story in a Job Interview

You’ve landed a job interview … Now what? Think of it as a mission you have to plan and prepare for, then practice until you’re ready. According to the employment screening company JDP, 70 percent of job applicants practice their interview responses out loud. Taking the time to run through potential answers is one of the best ways to be ready for an interview.

As you prepare, consider that sharing your Native story can enhance the impression you make on an employer. “Perspectives matter,” observes Mandy Smoker Broaddus, a practice expert in Indian education at the nonprofit organization Education Northwest. “Remember that there is a good likelihood that the people interviewing you aren’t aware of your heritage and culture as a Native person.”

This article originally appeared on the American Indian Science and Engineering Society website. Click here to read the full story.

By Susan Biemesderfer
Susan Biemesderfer