Practice how you will answer the question. Better yet, enlist the help of a friend or family member who will objectively critique your response. If you are adequately prepared, you will be able to answer the question with confidence and professionalism.
Job Interview Success
You know that your response to the question “tell me about yourself” may be what sets you apart from the competition and garners you the position. But, what do you say? How to you ensure job interview success?
Here are a few key points to consider:
* Be concise
* Don’t ramble on
* Pick what is likely to be most relevant
* Be personable
Before the interview, when you are practicing, it’s a good idea to write down what you want to say about yourself. Be as concise as possible and figure out how to say the same thing in fewer words, if necessary. The interview time will be limited, and you want to maintain the interest of the person doing the interview.
To ensure job interview success, don’t ramble on and on. This is where practice is essential. Be confident in what you want to say, so you won’t get flustered, especially if you tend to ramble.
Pick items about yourself that will likely be of interest to the interviewer and be relevant to the position. For example, he/she probably doesn’t want to hear all about your childhood. However, if you are applying for a job at a daycare, and you are the oldest of 10 kids, it might be important information. You know what it’s like to work with kids. After all, you helped raise your siblings.
When asked about themselves, many people take a more clinical approach. Don’t. Let your personality shine through and don’t be afraid to be yourself. In fact, your personality may be the determining factor in deciding whether you are a good fit for their organization.
If you are prepared to answer the tough questions like “tell me about yourself”, and can answer with confidence, you are well on your way to job interview success.
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