Interview Tips: The Answer to the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Question

Interview Tips: The Answer to the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Question

No job interview has ever been complete without the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ question. Sure, it sounds like a simple question and hardly calls for any “preparation” on your part. But while you’re busy preparing for the rest of the interview, it would be a good idea to think about ‘Tell Me About Yourself’, too. It is generally among the opening questions of the interview and how you respond to it sets the tone for the same.

So, what exactly should you say when asked to speak about yourself? It is certainly a mind-boggling question because there is so much to say, and therefore, sometimes, nothing! If only the interviewers would rephrase this question and make it a little less open-ended!

Before you begin to answer this question, you must remember that the interviewers sitting across from you are there with the hope of hiring you. They hope that you are the ideal candidate so that they can finally stop spending time and money on their search for one! So, rest assured and respond mindfully.

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Here are some pointers for the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ question:

1. Don’t recite your life story. The interviewers are not interested in knowing about your family, pets, memories, etc.

2. Do give relevant information.

• Recent professional achievements:
Don’t recite your CV. That’s already there for the interviewers to see. Instead, talk about 3-5 recent professional achievements (promotions, awards, assignments, etc.) that are relevant to this job.

• Educational achievements:
Don’t go into the details of the courses you took or how much your scored as a student. Instead, talk about how you can apply your learning (knowledge and skills) to the job in question. You must also talk about any major projects that you worked on as a student, if they demonstrate any skills relevant to this job.

• Applicable and relevant skills:
Don’t simply enlist all the skills that you possess. Instead, focus on 2-4 professional skills that are relevant to this particular role and talk about how you intend to apply them.

• Professional goals:
Don’t confuse these with “life goals” (owning a house, raising children, etc.). Instead, mention a few reasonable career goals that you can achieve while working for this company. Your career goals must have some direction and must reflect the desire to learn and grow professionally.

• Reasons for interest in the company:
Don’t cite reasons such as pay, daily commute, etc. for wanting this job. Instead, talk about how you think the company and its positive work environment can help you achieve your career goals. It would be a good idea to indicate that you are looking to be with this company long-term.

Of course, you must give your interviewers all this information while making sure to keep it brief. Aim to spend no more than an average of 1 minute on each of the aforementioned points.

Thinking over some of these key points while preparing for your interview is a great idea. By handling the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ question with confidence, you can consider half the interview battle won!

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