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Tell Me About Yourself - How To Answer This Question

This simply question may seem easy to answer but in an interview when you are feeling unprepared or even just feeling nervous, chance are that you'll stumble and repeat yourself and begin to make little to no sense at all. Learn the best way to answer "tell me about yourself" job interview question and easily impress the recruitment manager.

Hiring managers ask this question because they want to see your ability to quickly conceptualise and respond to unexpected questions, they want to see if you are able to identify important elements and they want to see your presentation skills.

Remember that before you were called into an interview, your cv and cover letter was already reviewed and some research probably done on you. So the person asking you this question already knows the anwsers. Keep this in mind when responding to this question. Companies want employees who are presentable and would represent the firm well and professionally.

"Tell Me About Yourself" is one of the most critical questions you will be asked in your interview.

To increase your chances at getting the job you always wanted, we share with you a vital way to answer the question "Tell me about yourself".

WHAT NOT TO SAY OR DO!

  • No need to go go over your CV bullet by bullet but it is important to highlight some of the most important aspects such as your qualifications and experience relating to the job
  • Do not share your life story, be concise
  • Do not be boring, show some enthusiasm

NB: Remember to smile!

WHAT DO RECRUITERS WANT TO HEAR?

  • They want to see if you can speak well and presentable
  • Are you getting nervous
  • How is your language and comminication skills

HOW TO ANSWER THE QUESTION

1. Prepare a short one minute pitch that will cover the following sections:

  • Your current role
  • Your background
  • Your future ambitions - mention here why the company is the perfect match for you

2. Practice - practice speech and delivery of your pitch

  • Remember to make eye contact

It is all about having a structure, knowing what to say, knowing what not to say and presenting your background smoothly while making sure mentioning important elements. In your 2 minute pitch, you need to make sure you present your background in a way that they clearly get the idea that you are the perfect candidate for the company.

 

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