Tell Me About Yourself...
     Why Do Interviewers Ask the Question?

  • Posted by: J. Kent Gervasini |
  • 11/17/13 |
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Tell Me About Yourself...<br>     Why Do Interviewers Ask the Question?

Many interviewers ask this ambiguous question. Why? Simply because it allows the candidate to run with the ball and therefore shows the interviewer how you structure your thoughts, communicate, and present. It is an open-ended question (one that cannot be answered with a YES or NO). Open-ended questions tend to reveal much about your personality, feelings, and thoughts and how you view yourself—information that can help an employer decide if you would be a good fit within their workplace. Knowing how to articulate an answer is critical in securing a position.

Red Flag Answer- “What would you like to know?”
Do not answer a question with a question at the beginning of the interview. Be prepared. Practice your interviewing approach and delivery in front of a mirror. Deliver a well-thought-out “Tell Me About Yourself” marketing presentation. In today’s competitive market place, you need the right answer and approach. Time spent perfecting the answer is time well spent.

How You Answer the Question

Step 1
Give a one sentence summary of your career history to include total years of business experience and specific expertise. Your whole career needs to be condensed into one “visual” sentence.

Example: "I have five years of HR Generalist experience in the Denver market with substantial, focused knowledge in benefits administration and ADP payroll processing."

Step 2
In one or two sentences summarize a single accomplishment that is creditable and will have an impact upon the interviewer. This should be an accomplishment that relates to the job for which you are applying and can be easily explained.

Example: "Most recently, on a long term HR Generalist contract position with a competitor of yours, I was instrumental in helping them convert to ADP from their previous vendor. My knowledge of and hands-on experience with ADP in a human resources setting allowed them to make this conversion quickly and without having to hire a consultant."

Step 3
In one sentence, express what you want to do next in your career. This final piece is probably the most fluid. It needs to target the position and change from interview to interview.

Example: "In my next position, I would like to move from contract work to become a direct-hire employee of a larger company where I could join a performance-oriented HR team that focuses on exceptional delivery of HR services, and with a larger HR department, I would love to have the opportunity to expand and grow my knowledge and skills in other HR specialties."

The Final Presentation

"I have 5 years of HR Generalist experience in the Denver market with substantial, focused knowledge in benefits administration and ADP payroll processing. Most recently, on a long term HR Generalist contract with a competitor of yours, I was instrumental in helping them convert to ADP from their previous vendor. My knowledge of and experience with ADP in a human resources setting allowed them to make this conversion quickly without having to hire a consultant. In my next position I would like to move from contract work to a direct hire employee of a larger company where I could join a performance oriented HR team that focuses on exceptional delivery of HR services, and with a larger HR department’ I would love to have the opportunity to expand and grow my knowledge and skills in other HR specialties." 

 

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