Common interview question #1
“Tell me about yourself”
Sometimes called a
this open ended question can set the stage for your gettinga job offer very quickly. It can also set you up to get dismissed out of hand right away.Always, always, ALWAYS
turn your answers into positive job accomplishments at every opportunity.
Don’t let your answer meander around about your hobbies, groupaffiliations, or what you do in your leisure time. This is a JOB interview,
so make your answer fit the requirements
of the JOB. If you have specific training (such as anaccounting degree) or other training relevant to the job, make sure you incorporate thatinto your
If this is the “lead off question”
If this is the “lead off question” (and it usually is), ask for a more complete description of what the position entails. You could say, “I have several accomplishments I’d like tospeak with you about, but to make the best use of our time together, I’d like to talkdirectly to your needs and the job requirements. Could you tell me the most importantpriorities of this position? All I know is what I (heard from the recruiter, read in theclassified ad, read on your website, etc.). and I’d like a little more information.”Next, follow-up with a second and even a third question, to draw out those needs evenmore. This second or third question usually unearths what the interviewer is mostlooking for. By asking, “And in addition to that?” or, “Is there anything else you see asessential to success in this position?” you’ll set yourself up to understand better what theinterview is looking for.
It’s critical to think before you speak in an interview
Don’t fall victim to your natural impulse to simply answer the questions. If you canuncover the employer’s wants and needs,
you can tailor your answers to the job.
Practice your answers so the process will feel more natural. Remember, this is a
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