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.
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.
Recommended for anyone on the job hunt Flory from Austria
StoryMason is a fun deck of cards, which allowed me to prepare for job interviews in an interactive way. I loved creating my own personal stories by playing the game, which I then used in interviews. It is simple, nicely portable and most of all a ton of fun. I would recommend it to everyone, who is on the job hunt and wants to play rather than study.
Loved the scenario-based questions & association with a compelling story Ankit from India
Preparation for an interview requires a lot of finesse. A good candidate will always ask questions before an interview is set up and prepare himself for what to expect. I wish it was that simple. As soon as one enters the interview room, there is a landslide shift in the dynamics – we get nervous, start fumbling with our words, try desperately to stay focused, struggle to maintain eye contact, etc. It happened with me, and that is where my practice with StoryMason kicked in. The scenario-based questions, association of a compelling personal story with an interview question, preparedness in case of unforeseen circumstances and closure are key ingredients towards prepping for an interaction as important as an interview. I will recommend StoryMason to anyone who feels interviews are like a tight rope to pass.
Interview was a walk in the park!!! Kolawole from Nigeria
StoryMason cards were exceptionally helpful to me while preparing for my interview, uniquely handy that could fit into my jacket so I could use while commuting. It gave me the opportunity to think of different stories to clearly communicate my skills and professional experience even before getting to interview sessions. The first interview I attended after using it was a walk in the park. A great tool indeed for everyone who desires to wow his/her interviewers.
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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.
Helped me understand how recruiters think—I was one of the first to get a job! Catalina from Colombia
StoryMason is an amazing tool to prepare you for your job interviews. Thanks to this wonderful game I became one of the first people to get a job after graduating from my MBA. StoryMason helped me understand in a fun way how recruiters think and what are they looking for. But most important of all it helped me with getting to know myself professionally at a deeper level. It gave me the opportunity to be better prepared than the other candidates and the necessary confidence to answer all the questions— being sure of myself.
A game changer—how to master jobtalk Ayodeji from Nigeria
Securing my preferred job required mastery of the art of engagement. I couldn’t afford to not get the jobtalk right the first time. The StoryMason game, was not only novel but provided articulation of interviewing skills that gave me a good first impression with recruiters. This game nurtures and teaches the very art of persuasion. You’re not only seen as a good fit but perhaps the very best professional ready to be hired. The game helps job seekers make it effortlessly through the job market. Thank you for StoryMason. It was a game changer.
Understanding my story—while having fun! Tricia from Canada
The StoryMason cards allowed me to delve into interview questions thoroughly. I was able to see areas where my answers could be more concise as well as see where I could dive deeper into more detail. Actually, it didn't feel like preparing for an interview, more along the lines of understanding my professional history with a side of fun. In the end, the StoryMason interview cards were one of the factors leading to a successful interview at not one position, but three!
Learned the best ways to open and close the interviews Chittaranjan from India
I think the most useful part was how to begin the conversation and how to conclude it. The cards gave me a clear idea of what could be good conclusion notes. Especially when the recruiter asked if the interviewee had some questions. The cards helped me to find out those questions. And it really worked well in the interview with my current employer. The questions which I derived using the cards impressed the technology head in last round. So yes, the cards are really helpful.
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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
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."