Interview question tell me about yourself - an AUTHENTIC answer

Tell Me About Yourself - An AUTHENTIC Answer

 So, tell me about yourself? This is the number one most common questionin a job interview, no matter which type of job you are interviewing for.

 Not only that, nine times out of ten, it isthe very first question you are going to get asked.

 Plus, you’ve just met the interviewer so you may be a little nervous and You know you only get ONE chance to make a first good impression. That’s a lot of pressure.

 If you want to know how to answer this question and why you are being asked in the first place, along with examples of how not to answer the question, then keep on Reading. 

In today's article, we're going to uncover why you are asked the question "tell me about yourself" at the beginning of a job interview and why answering it the right way is crucial. 

I will also share with you the best way to answer it, and if you stick around until the end, I'll share with you the most common mistakes I've seen people make and how you can avoid making them in your next interview. 

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First off, let's talk about the reasons why you are asked the "tell me about yourself" question. 

There are actually three reasons for it First, it is a warm-up question. An icebreaker. But it is not a warm-up question just foryou.

 It is also a way for the interviewer to gather him or herself and settle into the interview. 

You've probably done small talks as you'vewalked into the room and as you’ve sat down, and this question is a great way to transition the conversation into the real reason why you're even talking. 

The second reason you are asked this question early in the interview is because the interviewer wants to gauge your interpersonal skills in a real setting and want to see how you present yourself. 

And the best opportunity to do that is while you are still relatively unknown to each other. 

The interviewer will observe things like if you are calm and collected or if you're fidgeting? 

How's your eye contact – are you keeping it or are your eyes darting all around the room? How's your voice?

 Can you establish instant like ability and trust with people that have never met you before?

 All those things are something that the interviewer wants to know, so a large part of the question is not what you say but how you say it. 

The third reason is that it helps the interviewer determine what questions to ask you for the rest of the interview. 

Regardless of how much you have prepared in advance to answer this question, it is ultimately you sharing what you think is important, and that may or may not be in line with what the interviewer thinks. 

So, it is only natural that they will dive deeper into the areas that are important to them, and hopefully, you've nailed your answer so the follow-up questions will be in line with what you've already talked to them about. 

If you've failed to impress the interviewer,then expect a bit tougher interview.

 So now that you know why you are asked the question let's look at how you answer the question correctly.

 The first thing to remember is that the interviewer only wants to know about your professional experience. 

They do not want to hear about your private life. 

Secondly, think about it as a story where there's a start, a middle, and an end. In this case, the start is your current job. 

The middle is all your past positions that you've had, and the end is what you're looking to do next. 

In other words, the reason why you are interviewing for the position. You should tailor your answer to fit the job you're interviewing for.

 What I mean with that is that you will need to look at the job description before the interview and really think about how your experience aligns with their role and what they're looking for, so you can make sure that you mention only things that are relevant for them. 

You want to keep your answer to be 3 to 4 minutes long. If you go on longer, you're going into too many details in your response. 

On the other hand, if you answer this question in less than two minutes, you haven't given enough details. 

Let's break it down even more.Your starting point should be your current job as it relates to the position you're interviewing for. 

If you work in Marketing, you can say something like I'm currently a Marketing Director at CompanyX, where I'm in charge of the marketing campaigns for products Y and Z. 

Ideally, you should also include an accomplishment,so it could look something like earlier this year, the marketing campaign for both these products generated X dollar in revenue. 

You don't have to stick to just one accomplishment. You can mention more than one but remember they need to be relevant to the position you're interviewing for. 

Then, move into your past positions. You don't have to go over each job you’ve had, especially not if you have been working for many years. 

Instead, you want to give a broad overview and focus on what is relevant to the position. 

Here's an example Marketing is something that I've always been passionate about, and I started my careeras a Marketing Assistant with Company Y.

 Over the years, and as I've progressed in my career, I have always made sure to both deepen and broaden my expertise. 

For example, all the positions I've had before my current one, have been within the financial sector, while my current company is in healthcare. 

What you want to do next is to tie it into the position you're interviewing for. So, you could say That's actually one of the reasons why your position is so attractive to me because it would be an opportunity for me to work in yet another sector. 

Now, that was just an example, and you can obviously say more, but the intention is not for you to state each and every position you've had, but instead highlighting some aspects of your experience and capabilities that are relevant for the job you're interviewing for.

 Remember, the interviewer has read your resume,so there's no need for you to go through it all verbally all verbally. 

You want to end your answer by bringing it back to why you are interested in the position. 

Here you want to show your passion and your excitement in the role and the company. 

You want to make sure they understand how you see this position being the perfect next job for you and how well it aligns with your future aspirations.

 A way to do this is to say something like When I saw that you're looking for a Marketing Director, I got so excited for many reasons.

 I've already mentioned that I want to move into a new sector, and another attraction is that the role is similar to what I'm doing today, which is also where my true passion within marketing lies and something, I'm keento continue with.

 Because it is so similar, I see many ways that I can add value to your company based on my experience in both finance and healthcare companies. 

Also, there are things you've mentioned inthe description that really got me excited, things like…

 And then you go on and tell them what thoseare. You want to make sure that the interviewer is thinking, yes, I can totally see why you've applied for this role. 

Even if the example I've given here is fora senior job, it works just as well for any job at any level. So, to summarize how to answer the questiontell me about yourself 

1. Only talk about your professional experience

2. Make sure only to bring up experience thatis relevant for the position that you're interviewing for

3. Keep the answer to be 3 to 4 minutes long

4. Think about it as a story with a start, a middle, and an end. Where the start is your current job.The middle is all your previous positions and the end is what you're looking to do next. 

5. Show your passion and excitement about thejob and the company 

6. Aim to get the interviewer to think, yes,I can see why you've applied for this role. 

Most importantly though. 

Remember that this is your giving a first impression,so you want to show that you are prepared for the interview. 

When you are prepared, you come across more confident and calmer, and that is a great way way to start the interview. 

So, there you have it. Now you know why you are asked the question tell me about yourself at the beginning of the interview and how to answer it correctly. 

Like I said at the beginning ,I promised to share some common mistakes that I've seen people make when answering this question and how you can avoid them. So, here they are.

 Common mistakes. 

The first one. And a common one that many people make is to start talking about where they grew up, where they went to school and how they met their partner,where they live, etc.

 As an interviewer, I don't need to know that. Yes, I want to get to know you better, but that's on a professional level. 

So keep your answer to only talk about your professional life. Another mistake many people make is going through their resume from start to finish.

 I've actually even had candidates read it out loud to me. As an interviewer, I have already read your resume and even if I haven't, 

I don’t want you to read it to me. And then the final mistake I'll share with you is people going into way too much detail when answering this question and end up speaking for too long.

 I’ve been in situations where candidates get so wrapped up in telling their story that I’ve had to stop them just so we can move on with the interview.

 You want to make sure to keep your answer to be only 3 to 4 minutes long. Now you have everything you need to answer this question in a way that will give you the best possible start in the interview But before you go, there's a couple of bonus tips I want to provide you with.

The first one is to not overdo it. You want to prepare your answer, and time checkit, and rehearse it, but don’t overdo it.

 After all, the interview is a conversation,so you don't want your answer to sound like as if the interviewer has pressed play on a recorder.

 It has to be natural. The second bonus tip and this is something not many people do and that is to take time straight after the interview to write down as much as you can from the meeting. 

The intention is to do a brain dump, or a debrief of everything you remember from the interview.

 What you were asked, what you responded, what they told you about the company and the role, your impressions and even how you felt during the interview.

 Ideally, you should do this after every interview. And depending on how many interviews you go to, it may end up being a bit of work for you, but if you make a point of writing it down your impressions and what you were discussing straight after the meeting it shouldn’t take more than 15 to 20 minutes and I can guarantee you that this is time well spent.

 Besides being a great way for you to reflecton the questions that you were asked and how you answered them and therefore how you can improve the way you respond if you need to, it is also a very useful piece of information to have if you are called to further interviews. 

By having detailed notes from your previousmeetings, you can go through them when you prepare for the follow-up session, and you'll be able to impress the new interviewer with referencing back to the previous discussions and showcase how much you've taken on board of what they've already told you. 

The signal that you’re sending is that you are so interested in the position and the company that you actually remember everything that they've already told you. 

Not only that, if you land the job, which is the entire purpose right, you'll have great information that will set you up for a fantastic start with the company.

 If you have taken onboard all the information that is being shared with you at the interview stage, you will for sure increase your chances of being seen as a high performer from day one. 

If spending time after the interview writing down the details from it is something that is new to you.

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