10 ways to answer Tell me about yourself question

“Tell me about yourself” is the first question that job seekers are asked to answer at a job interview. Here you will find some tips on how to handle this question efficiently.

10 ways to answer Tell me about yourself question

1. Be confident
Human resources specialists can instantly sniff out a person’s lack of confidence, so you will have to give your best to pass their test. The key to selling yourself at a high price is to present your previous work experiences and your personal traits with confidence.
2. Raise their interest
Instead of focusing on general or evasive information, job seekers should emphasize what they have to offer and their previous experience. They should be able to provide the employer with the information that he would want to hear.
3. When you apply for a different position
In case you are applying for a different position, you should try to find similarities between the two jobs and the recruiter should be assured that your professional qualities will help you perform your tasks successfully.

4. Focus on your most important accomplishments
Prepare some stories that will help you present yourself better and that will help you stand out from the crowd. For example, don’t simply say that you are a tenacious person, but offer a brief story that shows how tenacious you have been in achieving your goals.
5. Think of this question as an opportunity
There is an advantage in being asked this question at the beginning of the interview: you are given the opportunity of describing yourself positively and of highlighting your strengths. The interviewers don’t mean to confuse you with this question; they are just trying to break the ice.
6. Focus on what could raise the interest of the employer
Don’t tell the story of your life, don’t focus on your first work experience and stay away from personal matters. Simply begin with your most recent employment and continue with other relevant work, trying to match your qualifications to the profile of the job you are trying to get. Or, simply think of it as selling what the buyer is buying.
7. Try to find a proper answer
Recap your work experience and qualities and mingle them into a proper response to this difficult question. Remember that there is only one wrong way of dealing with it: by asking “What would you like to know about me?”. This might show that you dont have confidence and could make the interviewer think that if you are not prepared for the interview you could be unsuitable for the job too.

8. What to do when you are at the beginning of your career?
You may have no previous work experience, but you can offer a synopsis of your internships, volunteer opportunities or involvement in student organizations.

9. Tell them why you would like the job
Show that you are passionate about thatoccupation – this is an indicator of your future dedication to the job.
10. Keep them entertained
Tell stories, they are powerful and can be easily remembered. Moreover, they give the employers a reason to keep listening.
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