Sunday, 2 September 2012

Anatomy of the commonly asked interview question “Tell me about yourself”

Many say that the ‘tell me about yourself’ question is something that an interviewer asks when they are out of things to ask you about or say. Many times an interviewer may simply be asking you this just because they have not yet had a chance to look through your resume yet.

Assuming your interviewer is in this position, you can make the most of it by relating how your specific skills and talents coincides with the needs of the organization. Having read up on what kind of candidate they’re looking for helps when using this approach to get the job.

Other reasons that interviewers ask this type of question are because they want to:

1. Hear your thought pattern
2. See what’s important to you, by assessing what topics you talk about
3. Assess your language and grammatical skills
4. Buy time while they look over your CV
5. Confirming what you have already written in your CV
6. Look for loopholes in your resume
7. Gauge your personality, etc.


Remember that this question can make or break your interview. Answer it by summarizing your accomplishments and academic achievements in a chronological way.

Be yourself and stick to the truth. You can’t go wrong if you follow these guidelines.

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