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How to answer this hard question: So, tell me about yourself?

You would think that it would be pretty easy to tell people about who you are, but it may just be one of the hardest questions to answer. When meeting someone for the first time, answering this question may not mean anything, or it could just mean everything! This is one of the most frequently asked questions posed during interviews and if you are not prepared, you might as well kiss the job goodbye... The secret is to be prepared by practising what you intend to say. In this way you come across as confident and well prepared, which in turn shows how eager and interested you are in the position you are applying for. Ensure that whatever you say is relevant to the job. Be sure to make the interviewer aware of your skills, experience, strengths and past successes. Do not ask the interviewer what they would like to know. This will only cause them to assume that you are ill prepared. Most importantly, be brief and direct. Good luck!

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grandma20121 wrote on January 29, 2015, 2:42 PM

this is really good advice because many times the people doing the hiring are interested in certain things to see if you will be qualified enough to take the position your applying for,

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 29, 2015, 11:30 PM

"I am a wolverine in the body of a chipmunk" or "I am the first rain on a field after a 10-yr drought" or "I can drive standard and am not an ass..."

Sheilamarie78 wrote on January 30, 2015, 1:46 PM

Great advice for the job seeker. Sometimes we have to practice what kinds of questions may be asked and how we should answer.

valmnz wrote on January 31, 2015, 8:25 AM

Such sound advice. I've interviewed many people who didn't get the job because they revealed all their weaknesses when asked this question.

allen0187 wrote on April 12, 2015, 9:40 PM

Good points raised in this post. Often times, this is the first question in the interview. Make sure that you do not repeat what you wrote in your resume. Mention how you are the ideal candidate for the job and how your qualifications meet the demands of the company.