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if a site builds a narrative and a point of view and some context over time about an issue (the mobile news-reading app Circa is trying to do this by allowing users to ?follow? specific breaking news stories, and then alerting them to updates) then it pays off in engagement.
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Instead of starting with a fresh article every time we want to cover something inside a regular beat, which might require a long catch-up introduction, context, background and so forth, we could just put fresh news at the top and let the reader scroll down to read previous updates.?
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What happened when this approach started getting rolled out, Dannen says, was fairly dramatic. As he puts it in his post, the results ?blew up my assumptions about how to drive traffic.? Among other things, the tech site?s ?bounce rate? ? that is, the rate at which readers decided to quit reading and go elsewhere ? dropped substantially. The average amount of time spent at the site also increased, as did the number of pages per visit that were read by users.
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In his post, entitled ?This Is What Happens When Publishers Invest In Long Stories,?
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the technology site Fast Company provided some interesting data recently about its experience with writing longer pieces
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http://www.quora.com/International-Space-Station/How-much-did-it-cost-to-take-Commander-Chris-Hadfields-guitar-to-the-ISS#ans2515553
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http://www.quora.com/Distribution-of-Wealth/Is-the-sum-of-all-the-wealth-in-the-world-a-constant-value#ans2540897
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http://www.quora.com/Business/Whats-the-shrewdest-smartest-maneuver-youve-ever-seen-in-business#ans2525745
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http://www.quora.com/Whats-it-like-to-be-a-gang-member#ans2536680
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http://www.quora.com/Photography/What-are-tips-and-tricks-to-look-better-in-photos#ans2527151
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http://www.quora.com/Sports/Which-sportsperson-would-you-like-to-see-make-a-comeback#ans2534820
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http://www.quora.com/Robots/If-robots-decide-to-exterminate-the-human-race-how-would-they-do-it#ans2534593
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S? for Situation: ?My first job after business school was to lead a product development team at ABC Corporation. One of my responsibilities involved participating in weekly product planning meetings that decided on product features. After the meeting, I would meet with my staff and delegate the programming tasks. Since I am an experienced programmer, I would explain details of how each feature needed to be programmed. I expected my staff to write the programs in C++, test and debug. We seemed to work very well as a team.? ?T? for Task: ?Three months later, my manager had collected feedback from my staff. In my performance review, my manager observed that I could improve my delegation skills. I was surprised to receive this feedback. I had believed that I was good at delegating given that I would detail my expectations of each staff-member and list every step he/she needed to work on. It believed my staff was productive and continually gained knowledge from my coaching. I thanked my manager for the feedback and promised to reflect on my delegating style and consider a change.? ?A? for Action: ?I reflected on my delegation approach and realized two problems. Firstly, I assigned work to my staff only in terms of steps to take. I had habitually failed to describe the background of product features we wanted to develop and explain how their work would improve the overall product. My staff would do just what I had asked them to do. Secondly, in telling my staff how to complete each assignment, I was micromanaging. This may have tended to limit my staff?s initiative and reduced opportunities to advance their programming skills. During the next staff meeting, I thanked my staff for the feedback and acknowledged I would change. Then, each week, I explained the context to every product feature we wanted to develop, described the task in terms of outcomes and asked my staff how we could approach each task.? ?R? for Results: ?My staff was very excited about the opportunity to propose ideas, brainstorm and choose a preferred way of going about their work. It was no longer my idea they would work on; it was their own idea and their own approach. They were more enthusiastic about their work and realized they were an integral part of something bigger than themselves. During the next quarterly meeting, my manager praised me for empowering my team.?
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Have you ever had to define yourself in the midst of criticism, and did you succeed??
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An Example:
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S? for Situation : Commence your answer with the background to your experience. Detail the circumstances of your involvement. Provide sufficient detail to develop a context to the rest of your narration. ?T? for Task: Describe the challenge at hand: what needed to be done, what should have been done. Detail the outcome that was expected, constraints or conditions that needed to be satisfied. ?A? for Action: Elaborate your specific action in response to the challenge. Specify analytical work, team effort or project coordination. Use ?I? and ?we? statements as appropriate [more details here.] ?R? for Results: Explain the results of your efforts: what did you accomplish, what did you learn, how did your managers and team respond, how did your organization recognize you. Wherever possible, quantify your achievements and improvements ? e. g., ?20% improvement in ?? or ?reduced manufacturing costs by 1.5 million dollars per year
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Begin by examining the question: what is the purpose of the question, what specific skill is the question trying to address? Then, pick an experience that you could describe to address the question at hand.
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In behavioral interviewing, every answer should specifically address the skill being addressed. Your answer should relate an experience from a previous job assignment, project, academic studies or community work. Present a diverse set of experiences. Suppose that you are asked six behavioral questions during a thirty-minute interview. Using a distinct context and/or experience for each question will help you portray a diversity of skills, interests and experiences.
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Use the STAR Technique to Narrate an Experience
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