10 tips to answer question: Tell me about yourself?
TIP 1: PREPARATION
It is very important to know yourself, as in you need to see whether you are the right person for the job, or whether it’s meant for you or not. So make sure you give it a long thought before stepping in an interview, to do that we have some helpful pointers for you.
1. The company should be researched before you apply for the job.
2. Recognize, catalog and list, after that look at your strengths, morals, and skills.
3. To sound confident, practice is the biggest key to success.
After that you would be able to know the employers perspective on whether you have what it takes to fulfill that job’s responsibilities.
TIP 2: DON’T TELL YOUR LIFE STORY, SIMPLY TELL THEM ABOUT THE FIVE KEYS BELOW
The first question asked in any interview is “tell me about yourself” to answer them fluently breakdown your reply in these 5 classes.
· Educational achievements
· Professional achievements
· Professional aspirations and goals
· Necessary skills
· Why you are interested in their company
TIP 3: HIGHLIGHT KEY POINTS ABOUT YOUR-SELF THAT RELATE TO THE JOB
We will break this section in two categories.
1. If it is your first job, tell the employers about your education, volunteer work, or internship experience that may convince them that you have decent skills and talent.
2. If you are an experienced person, and this isn’t your first job then tell the employer about your past experiences and your achievement in that time frame. Talk about statistics; let them know how you benefited the previous company in terms of money, earnings and savings alike. Share that you surpassed expectations in your previous jobs; this will certainly make an impression on them.
TIP 4: TREAT THIS QUESTION AS A VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY AND ANSWER WITH CONFIDENCE
Carefully plan out your answer and deliver it calmly and confidently. Discuss why you are in this field, your achievements as time progressed, and why have you decided to choose their company and this side of the industry.
TIP 5: TELL YOUR CAREER STORIES
No interviewer is interested in your personal life, they are curious to know professional details only. Ensure that you stay off this topic, but if some personal event is related to how you got into this industry, then share those particular details.
TIP 6: DON’T WING IT
Don’t rush in an interview because it is the only chance you will get, so even if you encounter an awkward question, think about it first and then answer as you might forget to mention some important detail in a hurry. Think about your answer, and give it a short to the point response.
TIP 7: STICK TO THE PROFESSIONAL ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE
Like mentioned before, it is not necessary to bore the interviewer with your personal life details, stick to sharing professional information. Let them know how you will be a perfect employee for the applied job, refrain from sharing irrelevant details. This will tell the employees on how you will benefit their company, and their decision to hire you will become easier.
TIP 8: WEAVE “WE” INTO YOUR ANSWER
You are a potential candidate if you are willing to work with others easily. If you are not able to work in a group, you definitely will suffer a setback. So to show the employer that you support teamwork, you need to incorporate the word “We” into your answer when you are talking about yourself. For example say we were responsible for this particular success, rather than saying I was responsible.
TIP 9: REFRAIN FROM BOSS OR JOB BASHING
Telling the interviewer about your past job experience can work in your advantage only when you don’t portray a negative view about your former employers. As this will indicate that you have a loyalty, respect and attitude problem, and more importantly the employer would be skeptical on whether you would do the same, when you decide to switch to another job. Do not talk negatively rather stay positive about how excited and determined you are to start a new chapter in your life.
TIP 10: MAKE EYE CONTACT THROUGHOUT YOUR ANSWER
To express a level of confidence, interest and honesty you should maintain an eye contact, it does wonders. It is important to keep in mind that if the interviewer is not making an eye contact and looking here and there, it means he is bored, time to move on to the next question.