Interview Questions

“Tell Me About Yourself”

So, the first question you’re probably going to get in an interview is, “Tell me about yourself.” Now, this is not an invitation to recite your entire life story or even to go bullet by bullet through your resume. Instead, it’s probably your first and best chance to pitch the hiring manager on why you’re the right one for the job.

what you don’t know is the hiring manager is really testing your confidence, breaking the ice and seeing how you really market yourself.

A formula I really like to use is called the Present-Past-Future formula. So, first you start with the present—where you are right now. Then, segue into the past—a little bit about the experiences you’ve had and the skills you gained at the previous position. Finally, finish with the future—why you are really excited for this particular opportunity.

Let me give you an example:

If someone asked, “tell me about yourself,” you could say:

“Well, I’m currently an account executive at Smith, where I handle our top performing client. Before that, I worked at an agency where I was on three different major national healthcare brands. And while I really enjoyed the work that I did, I’d love the chance to dig in much deeper with one specific healthcare company, which is why I’m so excited about this opportunity with Metro Health Center.”

Remember throughout your answer to focus on the experiences and skills that are going to be most relevant for the hiring manager when they’re thinking about this particular position and this company. And ultimately, don’t be afraid to relax a little bit, tell stories and anecdotes—the hiring manager already has your resume, so they also want to know a little more about you.

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4 thoughts on “Interview Questions

  1. I´m actually great at interviews but…. then is the job wich I usually screw up, if is not something about creating something I get more than bored, but I do have to pay rent and the rest so I just lie and lie and……lie in my resume and in the first round of questioning by some ¨big¨executive, I did notice though that the women who interview me are more inclined to accept me for the job…..that is sexist, I feel abused, doesn´t matter I get the paychech and out I go , just a joke about the sexist thing, my strange absurd and even insulting humour, but you did follow me…..why? an honest response please, I worked in the army pólice so I know when people are not telling the truth, specially through writing…… anyways, glad you stoped by the crazy blog of mine and I will do to you when time permits ¨my cool stalker moves¨

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