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This question may come disguised
as, "What should I know about you?"
or they might say, "What would you
like me to know about you."
Like the "Why should we hire you?"
question, this is an opportunity to mar-
ket yourself, presenting yourself as the
solution (right candidate) for their prob-
lem (a job to fill).
Then, in the interview, you tell them
the things that emphasize how your
accomplishments and experience make
you an ideal candidate for the job you
Answering the Real Question
You probably find yourself wonder-
ing, "What is it they really want to
know?" Excellent thought!
That thought is, luckily, your ticket
to understanding the question -- put-
ting yourself in the shoes of the inter-
viewer to imagine what they would
want to (need to) know about you.
What you don't tell them.
I call this question a "spider web"
because if you simply tell someone
about yourself without planning or
context to the target job you are there
to interview for, you could blow the
Prepare in advance with your answer
to this question. Without answering
carefully, you could share all kinds of
information that leaves them with the
impression that you are:
• Over-qualified or under-qualified
• Ditzy or disorganised
• Inarticulate and a bad
• Someone who doesn t understand
the opportunity or the employer
• Or simply a risk for the company
Most people talk about what they
know, ramble even, about where they
live, kids, likes/dislikes, but, remember,
THIS IS A JOB INTERVIEW, not a chat.
For the employer, the sole purpose
of this interview is to see if you are a
fit for them and a fit for this job!
Therefore, your goal is to avoid
answers that give away personal infor-
mation about yourself. An employer
isn t going to select you to hire because
you have such cute children, a wonderful
husband or wife, or interesting hobbies.
Perhaps, ask for clarification.
To ensure that you provide the infor-
mation they want, you might wish to
start your response with a question of
your own, like this --
"I would be glad to. Could you give
me an idea of the type of information
you would like to know?"
By starting this way, you can direct
your answer better and be more con-
Or, you could share the information
you have prepared and then ask --
"Is there anything else you would
like to know?"
What else should
you do to prepare?
Before you ever go to an interview,
O (FULL TIME)
PLEASE MAKE CONTACT
18, Woodford Street,
APPLICANTS ARE ALSO
REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A
COPY OF THE APPLICATION
CHIEF MANPOWER OFFICER
Ministry of Labour & Small Micro
Level 11, Riverside Plaza
Besson Street, Port-of-Spain0917033
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT &
EXPORT SALES EXECUTIVE
The Export Executive contributes to the Sustainable International
Development of the Company through the Import and Export of
roofing products and services.
a. Extensive Travelling: Central & South America and the
b. Research Business Development Potential
c. Negotiating and Purchasing of New Products
d. Managing relations and contacts
e. Developing New Business
f. Attending Trade Exhibitions, Conferences and Meetings
g. Negotiating Contracts
a. Must be Fluent in Spanish
(Oral, Written and be able to Translate)
b. Experience in International Sales Environment
c. Strong Communication Skills
d. Willing to Travel Regionally and Internationally
e. Roofing and/or Construction Experience
f. Valid Passport and Drivers Permit
g. Project Management degree will be an Asset
Unsuitable Applications will NOT be acknowledged.
o 5 CXC passes, including
Mathematics and English
o Must be computer literate,
with working knowledge of
you need to KNOW YOURSELF in terms of qual-
ifications for the job and match for the company.
To know this you should:
1. Research the company;
2. Identify, catalog, list, and review your expertise,
strengths, and unique value; and
3. Practice, practice, practice so you sound natural
Then, you will be ready to put yourself in the
employer s shoes and emphasize what will make
you stand out for the company and for the job.
For example, someone seeking a management
position with a local branch of a transportation
company might say:
"I was born and raised in this county and have
an excellent knowledge of the area as well as Central
and XYZ counties.
During the last 9 years with the ABC Freight
Company, I have progressed through positions of
Package Loader, Courier, Dispatcher, and Team
"In my most recent position, I have had the
opportunity to complete numerous management
training programs, provide supervision and lead-
ership to all positions within the station, and par-
ticipate in special projects in conjunction with
Senior and District Managers. I enjoy being a Lead
and the opportunity to empower and motivate my
team. Last year I was awarded Lead I for greatest
team gains in productivity.
"I believe this experience and training has pre-
pared me to take the next step and pursue a man-
agement position with you."
As you can see from this sample answer, this
individual emphasizes the tangibles that qualify
him for the job.
He describes his knowledge of the local area,
long-term tenure with the employer, and recognition
for management results within the industry.
He does not focus on fluffy stuff or personal
information, but paints a picture of why he is a
perfect candidate for this employer and this job.
Yes, this person prepared and practiced his response
in advance. Smart move!
With advanced planning and practice, you can
know your target employer and how to sell yourself
for the job.
"Tell me about yourself" then becomes a positive
and fun exercise in demonstrating your value and
getting one step closer to winning that great new
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