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Answer This Job Interview Question:
Tell Me (or Us) About Yourself
While this is often among the first questions
asked at the start of the interview, the goal of the
interview is not to become best friends. The goal
is to determine if you are a good fit for their job.
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 market yourself, presenting yourself
as the solution (right candidate) for their problem (a
job to fill). So, tell them the things that emphasize how
your accomplishments and experience make you an
ideal candidate for the job you are seeking.
Answer the Real Question
You probably find yourself wondering, "What
is it they really want to know?"
Since this is usually among the first questions asked,
they typically are interested in a quick summary of
who you are and what you have accomplished, related
to this job opening. They want to understand how
well you fit into this position.
So, tell them how well you fit, using the two-part
answer, below. But, don't spend more than 60 seconds
answering this question. 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 information you would like to know?"
By starting this way, you can direct your answer
better and be more conversational.
What You Don't Tell Them
This question is a "spider web" because if you sim-
ply tell someone about yourself without planning or
context to the target job for which you are there to
interview, you could give away all kinds of information
that leaves them with the impression that you are:
• Ditzy or naive
• Unprepared for the interview (so not really very
• Simply a risk for the company
Most people talk about what they know, ramble
on about where they live, kids, likes/dislikes, but,
remember, THIS IS A JOB INTERVIEW.
The sole purpose of this interview is to see if you
are a fit for the employer; a fit for the job!
Therefore, your goal is to avoid answers that give
away personal information about yourself. An em-
ployer isn't going to select to hire you because you
have such cute children, a wonderful husband or wife,
or interesting hobbies.
How to Prepare for This Job Interview question
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:
• Carefully review the job description to note where
you meet or exceed the requirements, and
• Research the company, and
• Identify, catalog, list, and review your expertise,
strengths, and unique value, and
• Practice, practice, practice so you sound natural
Then, you will be ready to put yourself in the em-
ployer's shoes, and emphasize what will make you
stand out for the company and for the job.
The Two-Part Answer to Tell Me/Us About
This is not an invitation to tell your life story or share
any secrets about your current or former employers.
Put yourself in the employer’s shoes. Emphasize what
will make you stand out as qualified for the
company and for the job.
Break your answer to this question
into two parts:
1. How/why you are qualified.
Summarize what you have done that
qualifies you for this opportunity. Don’t
recite what is on your resume or job applica-
tion, but don't assume that the interviewers,
who may have been interviewing several
candidates, remember your qualifications.
Prsent the most significant highlights, the
ones that would be most relevant to this
job. These are the qualifications that make
it clear that you are a very good candidate
for the job.
2. Why you have applied.
Focus on advancing your career. Stay away
from reasons that are not clearly career-re-
lated. Emphasize the opportunity to move
forward in your career without saying that
you are dead-ended in your current job.
Avoid the purely personal reasons.
Do NOT say:
You want to work closer to home because
your kids sometimes get out of school early
and you want to be able to be there with
them, or you are too tired from the long
commute to enjoy life, or your boss is a
jerk and you want a better job.
This is where you must tread very care-
fully and not say anything that might be
interpreted as trashing your current/former
Our Company is recruiting for a dynamic individual to accept the role of an Operations Manager to operate
for the GeoMarket to assure high quality service is delivered to the client through application of training pro-
If you are seeking personal and professional development in a challenging dynamic environment please send
your resume to:
The Human Resource Department
P.O. Box 25 San Fernando.
Apply online at www.caribbeanjobs.com
Job reference ID: 02022017OP
APPLICANTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A COPY OF THE APPLICATION TO:
50-54 Duke Street
Port of Spain
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