“Tell Me about Yourself”

June 17th, 2014

“Tell me about yourself.” When asked this question in an interview, there multiple different correct answers, but there are also wrong ones. The key is understanding what the interviewer is really asking. When interviewers ask this question, they are trying to grasp your background so they can assess whether or not you would be a good fit for the company. You can answer this question in a job interview to provide information about yourself as a person and highlight your career aspirations. Here are some recommended topics to cover as part of your answer:

Past Job Experience 

The interviewer has already seen your listed job experience; this is your opportunity to elaborate further and highlight some of your biggest career accomplishments. Make sure to emphasize any impressive career accomplishments that would directly benefit the position for which you are interviewing. It’s also a good idea to mention several of your proudest moments in your past – but not too far past – jobs and what you learned from each specific experience. 

Future Goals 

When answering this question, make your professional goals perfectly clear. Providing your future goals to the interviewer shows them you are motivated and organized. You will also give the interviewer a clear idea of your potential, and how your goals align with their opportunities. These goals should be framed within the context of job descriptions and company opportunities. 

Brief Insight into Your Personal Life 

While interviewers primarily want to know about your professional life, they also want to know about your personality, and character. Use this question to throw in a few statements about your passions and hobbies. Make sure these hobbies are self-enriching, use the type of skills that will benefit the position, reveal your character, and present the qualities you embody. Keep any forays into your personal life brief, because you are ultimately interviewing for a career. 

It is an interviewer’s job to develop a tangible idea of who you are as a person and how you would do working for a specific company. If you answer correctly, you could potentially be unforgettable in the mind of the interviewer and therefore increase your chances of receiving a job offer. If you feel confident you could answer this question but need help finding interviews, contact Olympic Staffing for job placement help and services.



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