One of the first questions an interviewer is bound to ask is: “Tell me about yourself.”
Actually this is more of a statement because it doesn’t end in a question mark! That being said, it is also one of the few places in American English (and probably English in general) where the phrase “tell me” is acceptable!
While it is important to know that the answer to this question should not focus on your personal life or attributes, the following videos highlight the good, bad and ugly of answering this question!
This first video highlights how to professionalize an answer that is too personal. The main lesson here is to tailor your answer to the job description, skills or outcomes the job you are applying for requires.
In this second video, the five important tips they give to tailor your answer include:
- Keep your answer focused and relevant to the job
- Limit to 1-2 minutes
- Rehearse ahead
- State your profession and job objective
- Outline organization, experience and skills
To see how these concepts fit into an answer, watch this video.
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