TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF

Posted by Sweet Dudes Describing Yourself in an Interview.. This answer should always be related to the job. Remember, although the employer is asking personal questions, they are still all related to "what can you bring to the company?" So, I usually give adjectives like reliable, loyal, etc., but make sure you back these with supporting examples. The most important thing is to make sure you boil it all down to presenting the answer in a way that it matches the things the employer is looking for.

Here is more advice: Think about what kind of person you would like working for you and convey that to the employer. The best advice I can give to a job seeker is first aim high, well as high as you are capable of and realize the more you are willing to learn through experience or school is valuable. See yourself as a commodity. Be honest about your capabilities, if you don't know how to do something, say you don't know but let the employer know you are capable of learning and even give an example of something else you learned to do, maybe at another job or even a hobby. Most jobs will have to train you to their way and processes so don't undermine your capability and be proud of your accomplishments in life because they will only bring you up. Just list off a few characteristics that you see yourself as having. Make all of the characteristics sound as positive as possible. This question is usually asked in order to gauge how a person perceives him- or herself. Just be honest. Are you outgoing? Shy? Diligent? Stubborn? Clever? Passionate? Level-headed? Easy-going? etc., etc. Don't stress too much. If you can't think of anything, think of a few people who know you and imagine how they would describe you. Pretend that your mom, a sibling, a good friend, a co-worker, and your spouse or significant other are all sitting down in a room making a list of your characteristics and then use the things you think they would say. A job interview is NO TIME to be shy. Brag about yourself. It's expected. Brag about all of your good points and don't mention anything negative or anything you "can't do." Be positive and upbeat. With complete honesty, don't try to make yourself better than you are, but don't yourself down, either. Employers love to ask you questions that get to your perception of yourself. These may come in several forms - "How do you describe yourself"; "What are the qualities you possess that make you the best candidate for this job"; "What do you bring to this company that will make this company stronger" or a variation on these are commonly asked. Your resume should already have a personal statement that discusses your qualities - in the most positive terms possible. Make sure you are familiar with your resume. VERY familiar. This is especially important if you didn't write it yourself, or if you have multiple resumes tailored to different positions.

(3) I want to be [a job title that is a couple or a few levels above the current position for which you are applying in 5 to 10 years.. and that you have what's needed to fix the issues they need to have fixed. such as "tell us about yourself. Outsmarting an interviewer to get a job in a company or position that ultimately leads to unhappiness on either or both sides is really outsmarting yourself. I would answer the question based on who is interviewing me? If it's a sales manager/Technical Manager/Human resources manager? Depending on the person's field I'll have to mend the answer to please him. skills.] (2) I have [how many years of experience] in [what field. what subject]. so analyze that and then answer. admit that you also had some "bad moments" in your past jobs. . Don't be shy to talk about your creative "side". (you get the idea). able to work under stress. Your best strategy is to honestly sell yourself and your abilities to an employer to get a job that is a good fit for you.." say. So. you might have a good shot at it.But be honest. and experience can best resolve these issues. It's always a winner . Blah. Do not start going into your personal life. For example.. "Well." Also be sure to have copies of your resume with you and offer them. and beats the heck out of. I am a PROJECT MANAGER.. here is how you answer: (1) I am a [the job title for which you are applying or something very close. in a company that is a good fit for you. education. Your answer should be relevant to the job for which you are being interviews. Give a fair answer. who PROVIDES QUALITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS.. what are the issues you want me to address should you hire me? Once they share with you what they need to have you do. If the interviewer is just telling you about the job. Then you try to hit those points in response to any questions you are asked. When asked to "tell me about yourself. then proceed to address how your training.] Close your answer with an affirmative question: "Is there anything else you want to know?" You should be very straightforward and honest in replying to this question. you could say that you are a hard-working. Answer this question with your 30-second "elevator speech" about yourself." In my case... "I am a (BLANK). you are an easy learner. interviews go better when you spend them listening and don't talk. Remember. Blah. By answering in this fashion. in other words things you want the interviewer to know about you. The interviewer wants to check if what you have mentioned in your resume is correct or not. tell them about your strong and weak points. (2) what he has done in the past. responsible. but try to emphasize some of your qualities. the interview is not a "game" where you are trying to outsmart the interviewer to get the job. it may be a good idea to sit down ahead of time and list 4-5 qualities and examples in your previous experience where these qualities allowed you to overcome a problem or succeed at a task... Blah. Let me share what my recruiting office tells its candidates as they head out for that crucial face-to-face interview. you have proven that you know how to focus . I feel that everyone's goals are different. who does (WHAT). The standard format for this speech is. "I will gladly answer that question. and (3) what he will become in the future. you are able to handle with people. but may I first ask you a question? (They ALWAYS say yes) So that I may better focus my answer.. I was born on a small farm in Idaho .... let's see. serious person. Keep your self-introduction professional! A person is defined in three ways: (1) who he is right now.Because this is such a common question.. In general." I suggest you go into the interview with a few "talking points" about yourself.

"Task-oriented". Example: Because of past experience and MBA degree. mention your strengths and abilities: "My real strength is my attention to detail. skills. Here's where you start usually with your education and highlight selling points about your skills. Basically. Even if you are not asked this type of question to begin the interview. For some. but you shouldn't memorize it -. There are many more. etc. great organizational and interpersonal skills. Here are examples given by WikiAnswers Contributors: Hard worker. dependable. hardworking. I make sure it gets done. hard-working person who works well with other. as it will affect the rest of the interview.you don't want to sound stiff and rehearsed. Describe yourself as outgoing. . eager to learn and grow professionally. When I commit to doing something. and on time. quick and eager learner. Your script should help you stay on track. as they wonder what the interviewer really wants to know and what information they should include. "Hardworking". What do you want the interviewer to know about you when you leave? Prepare a script that includes the information you want to convey. "Team player" are all examples of good terms you can use. "Motivated"." Practice with your script until you feel confident about what you want to emphasize in your statement. Your response to this request will set the tone for the rest of the interview. "Solution-oriented". I am versatile and can perform well in many kinds of positions. You will also find that you can use the information in this exercise to assist you in answering other questions. The more you can talk about your product you . I am an experienced and flexible person can be successful at any kind of finance works. I am a self-starter dedicated. detail oriented a team player. The secret to successfully responding to this free-form request is to focus. punctual. "Independent". Begin by talking about past experiences and proven success: Next.This is the chance for you to run down a 30-60 second sales pitch for yourself. pays attention to detail. etc. It should sound natural and conversational. More Suggestions: It's one of the most frequently asked questions in an interview: Tell me about yourself. this is the most challenging question to answer. this preparation will help you focus on what you have to offer. The employer doesn't want to know that you like gardening or have four dogs. where I can join a strong team and have a positive impact on customer retention and sales." Conclude with a statement about your current situation: "What I am looking for now is a company that values customer relations.). traits.the better chance you will have at selling it. Begin to think about what you want the interviewer to know about you. List five strengths you have that are pertinent to this job (experiences. "Dependable". I pride myself on my reputation for following through and meeting deadlines. Now I am looking for a challenging internship position in an established company. You cannot afford to wing this answer. experience and goals. script and practice.

Actually. a good friend. where you are now. where you went to school. Most importantly back up what you say. but make sure that they are positive weaknesses. skills. Tell About Youself? » Tell me about yourself: This is really more of a request than a question. Mention these instances as a good learning experience Talk about your weaknesses. Many quickly lose control of the interview during the most critical time. say that the institution taught you much more than the degree it awarded you. This is not the time to go into a lengthy history or wander off in different directions. For instance you could say that that you are a person that pays more attention to details than is warranted. a sibling.Fast paced. Consider your response to this question as a commercial that sells your autobiography. Communicate a pattern of interests and skills that relate to the position in question. One of the most effective ways to prepare for this question is to develop a 60-second biographic sketch that emphasizes a pattern of interests. List off a few characteristics that you see yourself as having. additional education and special training. But make certain that it does not sound like blowing your trumpet.. why are you reliable? ------------------------------------------------ HR Interview Tips & Questions Here are the keys to successful job interviewing. your hobbies and your other interests Talk about your strengths.. Just be honest. and your spouse or significant other are all sitting down in a room making a list of your characteristics and then use the things you think they would say. or who cannot contribute sufficiently Maintain the right tone in doing so. But these few words can put you on the spot in a way no question can. Mention an instance when you used your conflict resolution skills or selling skills or whatever. You do not want to give the interviewer the wrong impression or make him feel that you get impatient at times No one can do that for you as only you know yoursel If asked to then you should do so. That's all they want to hear. what is your weakest quality? I am not very competent using computers but I am currently taking a evening course to rectify that/ i am going to. your initial work experience. You can openly confess a tendency to be impatient with team members who cannot carry their own weight. and what you intend to do next. Mention people who influenced you. talk about the books you like reading. Do not mention a bad quality if you are not working on it eg. make all of the characteristics sound as positive as possible. If it's for a job interview. and . Prepare yourself for personal questions such as thi Just list off a few characteristics that you see yourself as having. Your response should be focused and purposeful. a co-worker.. Pretend that your mom. Are you outgoing? shy? diligent? stubborn? clever? passionate? level-headed? Don't stress too much.. a question of this kind is an ideal way to plug in everything we want to say about ourselves that we had leave out of the CV If you have attended a premier institution. quick learner and very challenging. Provide an answer that includes information about where you grew up. If you can't think of anything. This question is usually asked in order to gauge how a person perceives himself Just be honest. Then think of a few people who know you and imagine how they would describe you.the first five minutes. This question is usually asked in order to gauge how a person perceives him or herself.

And from Question 1.healthy. once you uncover your interviewer's greatest wants and needs. Dedication. Likeability. have this list of your greatest strengths and corresponding examples from your achievements so well committed to memory it. Honesty. I now want to work for a major player so I can be at the forefront of breaking trends and new technology. Focus your response around a common theme related to your major interests and skills. 6. . I am prepared to answer any questions you may have about my education and experience. and interests. I tinkered with computers. When my folks gave me a computer as a reward for making honor roll my sophomore year. I decided I wanted to work for a major software manufacturer.clear goals. an example chosen from your most recent and most impressive achievements.. everything fell into place. 8.accomplishments.management "savvy". What are your greatest strengths? » TRAPS: This question seems like a softball lob. The interviewee is able to say a lot within 60 seconds by staying focused. and my way of learning. a specific example or two.. "I was born in Canton... 9.. I knew I wanted to study programming. 5. you should have a list mentally prepared of your greatest strengths.someone to feel comfortable with.. 2. Unfortunately some candidates get off on the wrong foot by rambling on for several minutes about their childhood. It was my hobby.. I mastered DOS. and WordPerfect within six months. 3. Good fit with corporate culture. My life revolved around computing.. That is why I had an internship last summer at FastTrack Software... you can choose those achievements from your list that best match up.. 4.a decent human being.. Take.. » BEST ANSWER: You know that your key strategy is to first uncover your interviewer's greatest wants and needs before you answer questions. I then went on to teach myself programming basics..high level of motivation. Then.integrity. Windows. hobbies. which emphasizes computers. By the time I graduated high school..sense of humor.. I hounded him until he helped me get a referral.a leader. Intelligence. which brought me here today.especially if your achievements match up with the employer's greatest wants and needs. which illustrates each strength. you know how to do this. The message is clear: the interviewee has both passion and focus relating to the position. You don't want to come across as egotistical or arrogant. From that point on. He stays on message and concludes by leaving the door open for additional questions about his education and experience. 10. travels. You should.. By my junior year at Syracuse... As a general guideline. Prior to any interview. Like most kids I enjoyed computer games. the 10 most desirable traits that all employers love to see in their employees are: 1. Neither is this a time to be humble..positive attitude. Confident. Good communication skills. Definiteness of purpose. 7.. my passion.. Enthusiasm. You should also have. but be prepared.. for example." This response sets a nice tone for starting the interview.a team player who meshes well with interviewer's team.. A proven track record as an achiever.willingness to walk the extra mile to achieve excellence. Ohio and attended Lincoln High School. family... When my college roommate told me about his start in your department. the following response. Ever since I was a teenager.

describe what you like most and like least. making sure that what you like most matches up with the most important qualification for success in the position. this should be music to his ears. I like to spend as much time as possible in front of my prospects selling. Example: "Nobody's perfect. it is transparent to any experienced interviewer. Example: "I sometimes push my people too hard. designed to shorten the candidate list.com . But what I really love to do is sell (if your interviewer were a sales manager. So I can say in all honesty that I see nothing that would cause you even a small concern about my ability or my strong desire to perform this job with excellence." Alternate strategy (if you don't yet know enough about the position to talk about such a perfect fit): Instead of confessing a weakness. I believe I' d make an outstanding match.this is an eliminator question.myfriend@gmail.com Email = myhouse. Example: Let's say you're applying for a teaching position. Do they have the qualifications to do the job well. I look for two things most of all. Any admission of a weakness or fault will earn you an "A" for honesty. Then." Drawback: This strategy is better than admitting a flaw. and I do it conscientiously.What are your greatest weaknesses? » TRAPS: Beware . I know that when I hire people. » PASSABLE ANSWER: Disguise strength as a weakness. "If given a choice. but an "F" for the interview.) FirstName = BigDargon Serial = YXTAG-YDSK9-5EBTL-DOQJT LastName = http://bigdargon. quickly review you strongest qualifications. but it's so widely used. Of course. and what you like least is not essential. and the motivation to do it well? Everything in my background shows I have both the qualifications and a strong desire to achieve excellence in whatever I take on.blogspot. I like to work with a sense of urgency and everyone is not always on the same wavelength. BEST ANSWER: (and another reason it's so important to get a thorough description of your interviewer's needs before you answer questions): Assure the interviewer that you can think of nothing that would stand in the way of your performing in this position with excellence. I long ago learned the importance of filing paperwork properly. but based on what you've told me about this position. as opposed to shuffling paperwork back at the office.

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