Interview Question: Tell me about yourself – Answer
Many of the HR managers or hiring managers start an interview process with this question: “Tell me about yourself”
A common tendency for interviewees is to take this question a bit on a lighter node as they are very confident of their preparation for this. It is one of the questions where in you just have to speak about yourself, so why should there be any hassle or issue?
But many researchers and talent acquisition specialist are of the view that this answer should be meticulously prepared. The interviewer generally use this answer to judge a candidate on two key parameters, your maturity and your authenticity.
Below are few key points which you should consider while preparing for this question:
Prepare your story based on the job description
Any prospective employer doesn’t want to hear your bio data at the time of interview as your resume (CV) has already briefed them about yourself. They are more keen on hearing about your characteristics or stories which help them portray you fit for the job profile. As example, if you are applying for an accounts job, you can always mention if you organized some event during college / school / previous company days where in you took care of all the finances or helped in raising funds by negotiating good deal for your side.
Don’t be nervous on portraying the real you
Many a times after reading through multiple examples to answer this question we really get confused during interviews on what content should be released or we generally portray ourself as someone who wrote / narrated some answer examples. Interviews can easily pin point if you are trying to wear a mask by asking negating questions during the course of the interview. It’s better to portray the real you.
Be ready with examples to support your story
You might say that you are great team player or work well in teams. You must have some relevant content to support your behavior or some proof in terms of writing / certificates to show case in front of the hiring manager. If you are not able to connect the dots properly then it will bring down the trust factor which the interviewer might have build over the course of interview and can act in a negative manner.
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