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This question may come dis-
guised as, "What should I know
about you?" or they might say,
"Tell me about yourself."
However the question is posed,
the result is a sticky spider web
situation for the job interviewee.
Like the "Why should we hire
you?" question, this is an oppor-
tunity to market yourself, present-
ing yourself as the solution (right
candidate) for their problem (a job
Then, in the intervew, you tell
them the things that emphasize
how your accomplishments and
experience make you an ideal can-
didate for the job you are seeking.
Answering the Real Question
You probably find yourself won-
dering, "What is it they really want
to know?" Excellent thought!
That thought is, luckily, your
ticket to understanding the ques-
tion -- putting yourself in the
shoes of the interviewer 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 opportunity.
Prepare in advance with your
answer to this question. With-
out answering carefully, you could
share all kinds of information that
leaves them with the impression
that you are:
• A bad communicator
• Someone who doesn’t un-
derstand the opportunity
or the employer
• Or simply a risk for the
Most people talk about what
they know, ramble even, about
where they live, kids, likes/dis-
likes, but, remember, THIS IS
For the employer, the sole pur-
pose of this interview is to see if
Therefore, your goal is to avoid
answers that give away personal
information about yourself. An
employer isn't going to hire you
because you have such cute chil-
dren, a wonderful husband or wife,
or interesting hobbies.
Perhaps, ask for clarification.
To ensure that you provide the
information 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 in-
formation 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 pre-
Before you ever go to an interview,
you need to KNOW YOURSELF in
terms of qualifications 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;
3. Practice, practice, practice so
you sound natural and confi-
Then, you will be ready to put your-
self in the employer's shoes and em-
phasize 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
"I was born and raised in this coun-
ty 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 pro-
gressed 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
leadership to all positions within the
station, and participate in special
projects in conjunction with Senior
and District Managers. I enjoy being
a Lead and the opportunity to empow-
er and motivate my team. Last year I
was awarded 'Lead I' for greatest team
gains in productivity.
I believe this experience and training
has prepared me to take the next step
and pursue a management position
As you can see from this sample an-
swer, this individual emphasizes the
tangibles that qualify him for the job,
from his knowledge of the local area,
long-term tenure with the employer,
and recognition for management re-
sults 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 prac-
ticed his response in advance. Smart
With advanced planning and prac-
tice, you can know your target employ-
er and how to sell yourself for the job.
"Tell me about yourself" then becomes
a positive and fun exercise in demon-
strating your value and getting one step
closer to winning that great new job!
Tell Me About Yourself
How to Answer this Question:
The U.W.I. Credit Union is seeking
a knowledgeable, driven and
competent individual to
The U.W.I. Credit Union is an organization dedicated to providing
Responsibilities would include, but not be limited to:
Apply via Fit for Purpose Business Solutions Limited
By emailing us at email@example.com.
Deadline for submission is January 17th 2017. 0108009
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