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How to answer “Tell me about yourself”
You came fully prepared to the interview, from how you doubled sales (number by number) to a full scale presentation on every achievement in your past. You’re thinking, “I’ve got it in the bag” and “of course they are going to be impressed.” But then it comes; after your whole presentation, the interviewer asks you to tell them more about yourself. After all that they want to know more about YOU. So what do you say? What are they really asking? Or more importantly, how do you answer that?
While there could probably be an array of different answers, we’ve found that the best way to answer this question is by telling them why you’re the right person for the job. They know what skills you have and your past achievements, but they’re still waiting to hear what makes you the best choice.
Here are a few ideas:
1. Explain how your passions and strengths are relevant within this particular position.
2. Listen carefully and ask questions in order to give them ideas on how your can help in certain situations.
3. Show your enthusiasm in what makes this position so exciting to you.