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Job Interview Questions: Tell Me About Yourself

tell-me-about-yourselfWhat is the one question you KNOW you will get asked at the beginning of each and every first interview?

“So, tell me a little bit about yourself…”

My clients continually share with me that although it seems like this should be an easy question to answer, they struggle with exactly what to say!

Well good news! I am going to give you a short script template to answer this question, and you will only have to fill it out once. This is a simple way to break down what to say each time you are asked to share a little about yourself that will work for multiple interviews.

You will want to keep your response under a minute to ensure that you don’t lose your listener.

Your script should begin with a statement such as:

“Well, as you can see from my resume, I have…”

At this point, include any relevant academic information, years in the industry or position, and short highlights of the key positions you have held. It may sound something like this:

“Well, as you can see from my resume, I have 15 years of experience in the construction industry. After graduating from X University with a bachelor’s degree in construction management, I was hired by Company A to work as a project manager in their hospitality division. That’s where I got my feet wet in project management. I quickly developed a reputation for bringing projects in on time and under budget.

Then I was recruited by Company B…”

Continue your script through to your current position. Invest the most time talking about the positions that are most relevant to the one for which you are interviewing. In most cases, this will be the position(s) you have held in the last 5 to 7 years.

Your script should end with the statement:

“I am really excited to be here and to learn more about the qualities you are looking for in a top candidate. Would it be okay to talk about that now?”

Your interviewer(s) will love your positive attitude and you will get to learn more about the position – right from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. Be sure to jot down the key points they share with you, because these are your talking points for the rest of the interview!

Don’t forget to practice your template several times out loud until you feel comfortable. This will reinforce your confidence, too.

By using this simple technique, you will calmly and confidently answer this question, and impress your interviewer in the process.

Job Interview Tips – Why Should I Hire You?

 

This is the one question that seems to strike fear in the heart of every job seeker. Not only does it put you, the candidate in an uncomfortable position but the tone of the question itself is deliberately provocative.

 

However, this is one of the easiest questions to answer if you know the right formula!

 

First, a little preparation.

 

You want to take whatever job description you have of the position with you into the interview. If you do not have a job description that is OK.  At the beginning of the interview, you want to ask the interviewer to describe the qualities and skills that the company is looking for in a top candidate. Discretely jot down the highlights of whatever they tell you.  By the way, these are your talking points for the rest of the interview.

 

When the dreaded question arises…why should I hire you, you simply look down at your notes and state back to your interviewer your understanding of the key qualifications. So you would say something like this:

 

Well as I understand it you are looking for someone who can….

 

As they nod their head in agreement you add:

 

Not only do have have many/all of those skills and qualifications, I hope it’s not too forward to share with you that I am really excited about this position!

 

Alternative positive statements include:

 

…I really see myself working here.

 

…I really want this job!

 

Though this is a simple technique, be sure not to discount the powerful effect it has. You will have to try it out to see its full effect and I promise you it will be a very positive one.

 

Usually the intent of the interviewer in asking provocative interview questions is to see how you will respond. Will you stammer? Get defensive? Go on and on? So, a smooth, confident and positive answer wins every time!

 

Use this simple yet powerful technique to help ace your interviews!

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