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"How to Answer the Tell Me About Yourself Question?" - Ask Me Anything

"How to Answer the Tell Me About Yourself Question?" - Ask Me Anything

How to tell them all about you ... well only the good bits

Sell yourself! This questions maybe approached in many different ways but I haven’t seen an interview yet where it isn't asked in some shape or form. A great piece of advice for getting this spot on is to write a short paragraph about yourself and repeat it to yourself before your interview. (In the same way you practise your Oscar acceptance speech in the mirror, you want to be fluid in your response but not scripted and no need in this one to thank Mum and Dad!)  

I wrote all about this in my The Interview Answers that will get your Hired! so feel free to check out the whole post.

You need to show them why you're perfect for the role; this is usually the first question and you want to start on a bang as it will set up the rest of the interview well. You need to be confident in your own abilities and know why you fit the job because to put it bluntly if you can't sell yourself and talk about what makes you great, no one else will be able to see it.

Although throughout the interview you will discuss your experiences in much more detail, your introduction should be a summary. Think about the highlights of your career so far and all the roles or projects you have been involved in that are most relevant to the job specification. It's all about tailoring again!


Be Yourself

If you don't have experience don't worry, instead replace this with your relevant skills and strengths, giving short examples to add depth and to demonstrate you have showcased those strengths previously. 

Whilst you are tailoring your answers, look to add in key points of information about the company from your research. It's important to not go overboard when you're dropping those facts you picked up online and instead feed it into your interview. 

Finally, you need to explain why you are interested in the job in question. Be passionate about the role and show your genuine interest into their company and role. Don't make it sound like you're just going through the motions and instead make it clear you only want their job!

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2 comments

  1. Same thing as when you are trying to meet new people. Describing yourself should be tailored not only for interviews, but also to contact other humans :) Thanks for sharing!
    I wrote a post on how to get to know yourself that may interest you as well ;)
    http://www.mundusurfer.com/know-thyself-and-be-free.html

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    1. Couldn't agree more! People so easily forget to just be themselves and be personable.

      Thank you for sharing your post, your blog is great. Happy Friday!

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