It's a very common interview question...tell me about yourself?
What you need to concentrate on is: what you’ve done that is relevant to the field you are applying for.
Although it’s a broad question, focusing on what you’ve done, and the skills that you have that pertain to the field you are applying for and what makes you a good fit for the position, will diffidently get your brownie points with the interviewing recruiter.
This question isn’t about your free-time, how many cats you own, or that you are the captain of your bowling team. The question is about the job, and the skills and experience that you have that are relevant to that job.
When answering this question, you should use the following acronym EES
Which Stands for
E = Education
E = Employment
S = Skills
This allows you to take a structured approach to your interview. We all know that there are many distractions when it comes to an interview, whether it’s nervousness which leads to loss of track of thought, or something else. By using EES this allows you to stay focused when it’s most important, and approach things more effectively.
Lets look at an example of a poor response to when asked “Tell me about yourself”
“I live at home with my girlfriend, I’ve just finished university I did really well, and now I’m looking for a job. Previously I’ve done work experience in a museum, I’ve also completed a couple professional courses, and I enjoy playing football and tennis in my spare time.”
The reason it’s bad.
It’s just to general, it doesn’t tell us anything, no information on what was studied, how the work experience is relevant to the position being applied for. It generally shows a lack of experience in the given position. Just simply because there is no relevance given.
A good example would be.
“During my university I studied business, and information technology where I achieved my masters degree, after which attended for my marketing degree, and studied international business. Achieving some awards for having the highest grades amongst the university. All while being employed at a major cell phone company retailer. Their I developed personal skills that allows me to work more effectively with customers at a fast pace environment. My biggest strength is my ability to communicate, by this I mean listening effectively to the needs of my customers to ensure they have the right product to solve their problems. My second strength is my ability to sell and hit targets. I enjoy working under pressure learning about new products, and setting and hitting goals . During my three years at the company I never lost one customer, an accompaniment I am most proud of. This is why with this experience and education I feel that I would be a great asset to your team, and company”
The reason why this is great, because you inform of your education and it’s relevance to the position, while given previous employment that would also be related as well. You also gave achievements that set you apart from the rest. It also shows your commitments and strengths in more ways than you really know, it also touches on the EES (Education, Employment, Skill)
Bottom line is simple, focus on what makes you great. Let them know what is relevant to the position you are applying for on the skills, education, abilities that you possess. Practice this question, and the answer you want to give in front of a mirror, build up confidence in yourself, you want regret it.