StoryMason game kit

Mastering jobtalk program

StoryMason helps career professionals teach job seekers how to engage/persuade people in professional settings. Using a game-based approach and peer feedback to simulate the interview process, StoryMason teaches 8 core skills—helping build the competence and confidence to excel.

 

The game improves your jobtalk fluency so you stand out and sparkle. 

You can play it alone, but like most things, it is much better with other people. Used by career development groups in the US, England, Scotland, Spain, Germany, South Africa and Dubai to help graduate and undergraduate students, career changers and job seekers of all ages win top jobs.

StoryMason for Career Professionals helps career development advisors, personal coaches, internship coordinators and experiential learning instructors teach job seekers how to engage and persuade people in professional settings.

 

Show how to tell their stories with poise and passion. Master the art of jobtalk. Improve their confidence and build their personal brands.

Complete with lessons, videos, downloadable files and intended to accompany the StoryMason game kit for use in small groups of career builders.

FOR COACHES,

INTERNSHIP LEADERS

AND INSTRUCTORS

What people are saying

Creativity and simplicity reframes how you approach interviews

Catherine from South Africa

I first started using StoryMason when my career advisor in my MBA program invited me to a practice session to improve my interview technique in the US. Initially, I wasn't sure what the output would be, as I had worked for a number of years and I had thus been to numerous interviews—and felt I had a good grasp on the interviewing process. However, I discovered StoryMason caused me to reconsider pretty much my whole interview style. The focus on engaging an interviewer through stories may sound obvious but it's not always that easy to implement. StoryMason offered a great way to practice a wide variety of interview questions and enabled me to build up a series of stories that could not only highlight my skill-set but also engaged interviewers. Its flexibility allows you to practice when you have a spare 10 minutes or when you are able to dedicate 2 hours. I really appreciated the creativity and simplicity of the StoryMason game that ultimately reframes how you approach interviews.

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Range of questions + StoryMason translation helped me be more concise

Ines from Spain

While a Master of International Marketing candidate, I had to prepare for many job interviews. By nature, I am an extrovert and talkative person, I had no problem engaging in conversation. However, I had a hard time being concise and answering exactly what they asked me for in job interviews. 

 

Before my final rounds of job interviews in several companies, as well as with informational interviews, I had the chance to the play around— both with friends and by myself— with StoryMason cards. I found it extremely useful that the game was organized with so many questions, since different people always find some harder than others, and that each question card would translate what it really meant, making it possible for me to improve my weak areas and land one of the jobs I wanted in my target city, Chicago. 

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Who is it for?

  • undergraduate and graduate students

  • career changers and executive MBAs

  • anyone seeking a competitive edge in the job market

  • anyone interested in building his or her networking or storytelling skills

Who facilitates with it?

  • career development teams

  • independent career coaches

  • recruiting firms

  • communications & presentation professionals

  • learning & development organizations

  • outplacement career services

 

Why it works

Unlike digital experiences, physical cards engage visually and tactilely, creating a higher level of focus and natural interactive engagement.

The images on the backs of the cards trigger a "there must be a story here" response that establishes a conducive environment and natural emotional springboard to creating and telling your own stories.

The complex process of interviewing is broken down into discrete color-coded component lessons that are easier to understand and learn.

The format flexibly supports users who want specific or general skill development, and functions effectively in short or sustained time periods.

Game mechanics focus attention on key factors, extend interest, and inspire healthy competition and desire for measurement.

What's in the box?

 
 

Playing the game

This professional role-play game consists of players introducing themselves through opening statements, answering common interview questions with personal stories, handling unexpected disruptions, and closing with purpose.

For group sessions, the game works well with tables of 2-5 people and a minimum playing time of 45 minutes.

New online course now available.

 

"I enjoyed the variety of questions and approaches. The team dynamic is what made it really fun for practicing for my interview."

"The cards help in interviewing by having diverse scenarios, questions, and situations to challenge your thinking."

"The StoryMason translation helped me figure out my stories and what the interviewer is really trying to understand."

"Having 5-6 people giving you feedback can bring out recurring themes you might not otherwise know you have."

"It was a great way to observe and be observed by other students. I liked the disrupter monkey cards too."

"StoryMason made me think of past experiences I could use in my answers."

"I would like more time to play. "

"It gave me insight into what an interview might be like and some best practices before you go. It was laid back and fun, but at the same time challenging and helpful."

"I enjoyed the flow of the game and other perspectives. And getting to know how other people attempt interview answers."

"It's good because it's easier to talk to people in the same situation."

MBA and Master level feedback after group game sessions

of 4-6 students per table