INTERVIEW QUESTION: TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF
The first question that is usually asked in an interview is, “Tell me about yourself.” However, this is not an invitation to recite your entire life story or even to pour out everything that’s in your resume. Instead, it’s your first and probably best chance to pitch the hiring manager on why you’re the right one for the job.
If an interviewer asked, “tell me about yourself,” you could say:
“Well, I’m currently an account executive at Doe, where I handle our top-performing client. Before that, I worked at an agency where I was on three different major national healthcare brands. And while I really enjoyed the work that I did, I’d love the chance to dig in much deeper with one specific healthcare company, which is why I’m so excited about this opportunity with Metro Health Center.”
For a fresh graduate:
“I recently graduated from the University of Lagos. While studying Theatre Arts, I directed several plays and acted in some of them. I am also an adept script writer. I’d love a chance to dig deeper into script writing, which is why I am excited about this opportunity with Inspiration FM.”
Remember to focus on the experiences and skills that are going to be most relevant for the hiring manager when they’re thinking about this particular position and this company. Ultimately, don’t be afraid to relax a little bit, tell stories and anecdotes relating to the job you are applying for of course.