By Sylvia Giltner
5 min read
5 min read
Preparing for interviews means preparing to sell yourself as the best candidate for the the job. Give yourself an edge by practicing your answer to this very common question, and make sure to highlight anything that relates to the company and position.
“Tell me about yourself.”
It’s hard to find a more stressful question during a job interview. The funny thing is, this is usually the interviewer’s “opener.” Maybe it’s their attempt to get you to relax; maybe it’s their way of discovering your priorities, or perhaps they just want to see how well you can communicate verbally.
But when you’re sitting across the table from someone who is deciding whether you get a job, you don’t really care about the purpose of the question – you just know that you hate it. It’s too open-ended, and you never know quite what to cover – after all, at this point, your life experiences could be worthy of a really bad novel.
As an HR manager for several brick-and-mortar businesses and online startups, I’ve seen many different kinds of responses – and some answers were more effective than others.
There is no single right way to answer this question, but you can be prepared. Here is exactly what you should cover when the question comes your way.
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