HOW TO ANSWER THE INTERVIEW QUESTION: TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF
I once heard about the story of a man who went for an interview and was asked this question, “Tell me about yourself”. He started by telling his name, the name of his wife and the number of children he had and all that boring personal stuff. Well, did he get the job? I bet your guess is as good as mine. When employers ask this question,they’re not literally asking you to them them about your personal life story. They’re not interested in your story but your professional work history.
Let’s look at four tips on how to answer the tell me about yourself interview question.
1. Talk About Your Work History
You will need to give your employer a summarized history of your work experience. This should include the name of the company you worked for, the title of the position, the number of years you spent in that organization and the major responsibilities. You could make it exciting by telling a story such as this: I worked with XYZ company for a period of 2 years, during which I worked as a Sales Representative and my major duty there was to assist customers to shop for products.
2. Talk About Your Achievements
You should also include major accomplishments you were able to achieve in that organization. An accomplishment doesn’t necessarily mean you won an award but if you did, fine. An accomplishment is any time you were able to save time, save money, increase sales, increase profit or anything that brought about a positive impact in the organization which was wrought through through you. For example, continuing your story from your work history, you could say: During my time in XYZ company, I was able to increase sales by 20% which in turn brought about a rise in our monthly profit.
3. Tell The Employer What You Know About The Role
Employers want to be assured that they’re hiring somebody who knows the job he’s applied for and what is expected of him. So, tell the employer what you know about the role for which you’re applying. Using our example, you could say, I understand that you are looking for a person with experience who could double your sales in the 3 months.
4. Let The Employer Know Why You’re The Best Fit For The Job
This is the time where you prove that you’re the right person for the job. It is also important to note that it’s not enough to tell the employer that you’re the right fit for the job. You must be ready to prove your claims by stating why you should be preferred to others who applied for the job. Concluding our example, we could say, With my years of experience in this field, and achievements, I am confident that I would succeed in this role if granted the opportunity.
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