How to answer “Tell me about yourself” in an interview

By Vincent Kejitan | Tuesday, Oct 29th 2019 at 11:47
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Almost every job seeker hates this question. It seems simple but can actually make you miss out on landing your dream job.

First of all, you are not on a date so this is not the time to say you are an indoors person and spend the entire weekend sleeping or watching the latest series.

Use this as a platform to sell yourself. The employer wants to have an easy time choosing the right candidate so you have to nail it from the word.

Make your introduction professional

Say who you are professionally. You can highlight your qualifications but put more emphasis in what you have done and your strengths.

Highlight a few achievements

You can also reveal your achievements to the panel especially if they are related to the position you are applying for.

Tell the panel what you are looking for

You must have looked at the job requirements before applying and this is a good opportunity to tell the company that you are exactly what they are looking for.

Explain how the role will help you advance in your career

Employers like employees who have a vision. Explaining how the role will help you advance in your career is a plus. You can also throw in how you can be of value to the company.

You can summarise all this information in a sentence. You do not want the interviewer to zone out so keep brief and intentional.

Also, do not be too modest. Being too brief might work to your disadvantage. 

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