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QUESTIONS, TIPS ON HOW AND WHAT TO ANSWER FOR APPLICANTS
The “Tell me about yourself” question is one of the most common interview questions that candidates face. While it seems simple, it can be challenging to answer in a way that impresses the interviewer and showcases your skills and experiences. In this blog post, we’ll go over how to answer the “Tell me about yourself” question and provide a preferred answer that you can use as a reference.
Before we dive into how to answer the question, it’s essential to understand why it’s asked. The interviewer wants to learn more about you as a person, beyond what’s on your resume. They want to see how you communicate and get a sense of your personality, work ethic, and values.
Here’s how to answer the “Tell me about yourself” question:
Start with a brief introduction
Begin by introducing yourself and giving some basic background information, such as your name, where you’re from, and your current occupation or career goal. Keep it brief and straightforward, so you don’t waste too much time on this part.
Example: “My name is John Smith, and I’m a software engineer from San Francisco. Currently, I’m working as a Senior Software Engineer at XYZ Company.”
Highlight your experience and skills
Next, highlight your experience and skills that are relevant to the position you’re applying for. Focus on your most significant accomplishments and the skills that you’ve developed that will be an asset to the company. Be specific, and use examples to demonstrate your abilities.
Example: “In my current role at XYZ Company, I’ve led the development of several software products that have been instrumental in driving revenue growth for the company. I have expertise in Python, Java, and SQL, and I’m skilled in data analysis and machine learning.”
Discuss your career goals and why you’re interested in the position
Wrap up your response by discussing your career goals and why you’re interested in the position. Show your enthusiasm and passion for the job, and explain how your skills and experiences align with the company’s values and goals.
Example: “I’m excited about the opportunity to join your team at ABC Company because I’m passionate about developing innovative software solutions that make a positive impact on people’s lives. I believe my experience in software engineering, combined with my passion for problem-solving and creativity, make me an excellent fit for the company.”
Now that you understand how to structure your response let’s look at an example of a preferred answer:
“My name is Jane Smith, and I’m a marketing professional with ten years of experience in the tech industry. In my current role at XYZ Company, I lead the development and execution of global marketing campaigns that have helped the company achieve record growth. I have expertise in digital marketing, social media, and content creation. I’m also skilled in project management and have experience managing cross-functional teams.
I’m excited about the opportunity to join your team at ABC Company because I’m passionate about using marketing to drive business growth and innovation. I’m impressed with your company’s commitment to using technology to solve complex problems, and I believe my skills and experiences align with your values and goals.”
Answering the “Tell me about yourself” question effectively can set the tone for a successful interview. Remember to keep your response concise, highlight your relevant skills and experiences, and showcase your enthusiasm for the job. Good luck!
HOW TO ANSWER?
Here, don’t talk about your age or where you live. They don’t care about that. What they want to hear when they ask this, is your experiences from your previous jobs and what skills you have that could contribute to the company you’re applying for.
“I am Juan Dela Cruz, a graduate of (degree/course). I used to work at (previous work) as a/an (position) for 4 years. I am well exposed in the field of (related to the previous job) wherein I was able to acquire skills in marketing and advertising.”
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