“So then….Tell us About Yourself…..” Despite being one of the most frequently asked questions at interview and many interviews actually opening with this very question, many candidates do not pay as much attention to how they answer this question as perhaps they should.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is simply a nice little opener for the interviewer or that it is asked before the “real” questions begin. How you answer this question can determine from the off what impression the interviewer has of you. To help you out, we have put together some basic top tips on how to answer “Tell us about yourself”…
Just as you spend time researching the company and preparing answers for the “difficult “ questions, you should prepare your answer for this too. Don’t simply leave it until you are asked and then randomly waffle. Spend some time before your interview and prepare a biographical type statement all about yourself – your experience and your professional strengths and qualifications. Write it down, go over it and rewrite it until you are sure that it is truly giving an accurate and positive impression of what you are all about.
An all too common mistake when answering this question is to talk too much, to waffle or to ramble on without actually saying anything of real value. This is where your preparation will help. You should ensure that you can answer this question in just a couple of lines. Be specific and simply summarise what you have done to date that relates directly to the job in question and finish by mentioning exactly why you have applied for this position. Don’t be tempted to go on and on talking about yourself. The longer you do this, the more the interviewer will lose interest.
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