When you attend an interviews the interviewer always began by asking, “Tell me about yourself.” The interviewer generally ask this question to see how you handle yourself in an unstructured situation and to encouraging you to feel comfortable in the spotlight. By doing this they are showing interest in your career path, and is giving you an opportunity to express yourself in your own style before the interview narrows down on your specific skills and qualifications.
They wanted to see how articulate you were and how confident you are. They are listening to the tones in your speech and the areas you decide to emphasize. By doing this they are gaining a sense of what kind of person you are and what you would be like to work with.
These subtle hints will help the interviewer to determine whether your personality is a match for the company culture and the current team.It is also here that the interviewer evaluates whether your goals and expectations is a match for what your role in the company will be if you’re hired
Most candidates dread this question but a well-prepared candidate should welcome it. This is your opportunity to sell yourself and if properly answered, this question allows you to set the tone and direction for the rest of the interview by offering an opportunity to describe yourself positively and focus the interview on your strengths.
- Although there are a number of ways you can take a wrong turn with this question, the most common mistake is to look bemused and ask, “What do you want to know?” Not only can you come across confrontational, but it will make you look unprepared. Which raises the question are you going to be equally unprepared on the job.
- Another common mistake is to start rambling on about anything and everything. This might seem a perfectly reasonable response to the question, but if you answer the question this way, you will create doubt about your focus and commitment as there are no specifics, useful skills or experience mentioned
- Also be careful not to startfidgeting uncomfortably, declaring that you don’t like talking about yourself, or asking over and over again what the interviewer means or what do they want to hear about? This is awkward, and it shows weak conversational skills, as well as a lack of confidence and direction
Rather think of your response as a movie preview. Movie previews is always carefully chosen to appeal to the articular audience that has paid the watch a specific genre of movie, so your answer should be aimed at answering any concerns a prospective employer might have.
- Your answer should be a 60-90 second summary of you, which includes your education, experience, skills and characteristics relevant to the position for which you are applying
- Focus on your career. The interviewer won’t say so directly, but they are asking about your professional life only, not your personal life. Start with the present, focus on the future and briefly refer to the past.
- Highlight your most important accomplishments but be interesting and honest. Stories are powerful and are people always remember a good story.
- And lastly make sure that what you are sharing is relevant to the job for which you are interviewing, be concise and practice your answer until you are able to deliver it with poise and confidence.