JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS (TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF)
Do you have an upcoming interview and need career advice or interview tips?
Are you looking for examples of job interview questions and answers?
Do you know how to answer the infamous interview question, “Tell me about yourself.”
If you find yourself asking any of those questions, then you are in the right place. This week starts our 8 week series for common interview questions and answers.
In this first episode of the series, I share with you what not to say when asked “Tell me about yourself” before I give you advice on how to answer the question successfully.
I will be giving you four replies that you should be sure to avoid. Then, I will discuss two major steps on how you can begin to craft the best responses to this interview question.
Don’t beat yourself up if you are guilty of answering the question according to how I said not to answer. Use this time to take notes in order to master the question next time around.
If you want to know more about the top questions asked by interviewers, head over to our Career Success channel where we offer 25 common interview questions and top-notch answers in our free guide.
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Hi guys. Jennifer Tardy here. I am your career success coach and today we are talking about job interview questions and answers. Today’s question is tell me about yourself. Make sure that you tune into this video. We are going to show you what not to say, what to say, how I would answer that question and even my favorite segment, the Career Success Bonus Tip for UPs. Stick around.
It does not matter how qualified you are. If you are unable to articulate your qualifications or even interview well then it will be really difficult for you to get that job. That’s why this is really important for you to understand so let’s get right into it. Now why would an interviewer even ask the question, “So tell me about yourself?” Most interviews will ask you this question as a way to open up the interview or at minimum a way to break the ice. Similar to someone asking you, “How are you doing,” and you being able to answer that question. But that’s why they ask it. I’ll give you the strategy to answer that question.
First what you need to know is what not to say. How to not answer that question. The first piece of how to not answer that question, number one, don’t give an answer that goes nowhere. You take a person on a whole full journey of your life and you never really get to any point. Number two, don’t give a 15 minute response to that question. That is a lot for anyone to sit and listen to the entire time. Number three, don’t tell your personal business. And lastly, don’t jump all over the place. It’s not cute during an interview.
That’s how to not answer that question. Now let’s talk about how you should answer this question. When you answer this question make sure that you’re answering it in a chronological way, make sure that you are concise in your answer and make sure that your answer leads you from the past to the present day. And also be sure that your answer relates to things that show that you’re qualified for this job. Those are the things that you should think about as you’re working to answer this question.
Have you ever had to answer this question? Did you have a unique way of answering this question? Be sure to tell us in the comments section so that we can have a discussion about how you answer this question on your end.
Now we’re at my favorite moment, which is the Career Success Tip for UPs, for underrepresented populations. And so today’s career success tip is dedicated to military veterans. Now, if you are a military veteran, do not hide this information. Companies are actively looking to recruit military veterans and when someone asks the question, “So tell me about yourself,” this is an excellent opportunity to weave in the fact that you are a military veteran and that you’ve served before. There’s your career success tip for the day.
If you don’t know, I have a downloadable guide for you that has 25 questions and top-notch answers. If you are in the process of interviewing and you want to know some best practice answers to some common questions that are asked, go ahead. You’ll find the link here, download the pdf copy, get yours and I hope that you enjoyed this video. If you did, make sure that you subscribe to the YouTube channel and click like to this video and we will see you again in the next video. Take care.