This question is present in all types of job interviews, doesn’t matter what position you apply for. The questions is: Why are recruiters asking this questions? Is it worth asking at all? And of course, what should you answer to it in order to improve your chances of getting a job?

Speaking honestly, most of the time they give you this question just to break the ice and start the interview.  It’s a perfect question for an easy and smooth start.  Anyway, you should not underestimate the value it carries…

People speaking about themselves in job interviewIf you answer it correctly, you will gather a good starting position and make a good second impression. From that point, it will be easier for you to ace an interview as interviewers start it with a positive picture of yourself. Think about it for a while…

Oppositely, if you make a mistake when answering this interview question, it can negatively effect the rest of your job interview – as well as the first impression, the second is made only once…

So, how to answer this question well? There are few rules you should remember anytime answering it. Let’s have a look at it right now:

 

What to remember when answering this query in an interview

Rule 1: Keep it simple and clear. In general, it is better to use simple and short sentences in the interview. If it takes you too long to answer a question or if you use complicated compounds, interviewers can easily get bored and quickly forget what you talked about just a minute ago! Speaking about time, your answer to this question should not take more than one minute of time. I know it’s not easy, but you can practice before an interview!

Rule 2: Be work related. It is nice that you have two brothers and live in a small city… But think for a moment: Is this really important for the employers? Well, it is not.

When answering these common interview questions, you should focus on work related issues mostly. It means for example to speak about skills you posses in relation to the job. Or, you can talk about experience you have in the field. Simply, try to speak about things that are relevant for the employer – that’s what matter the most.

Rule 3: Answer the question. This seems like a certainty, but it is not. In fact, more than 30% of job applicants speak about something different as they should when answering tell me about yourself question.

They start to speak about the reason why they applied for the position, or why they left the last job, or get into deep details of their career, that are not a subject of a question at all. Saying this, it is definitely not a way to succeed…

 

If you stick to these three simple rules, you should have no troubles in answering this question. Anyway, there is no reason to stress a lot about it, because it is not as important as other questions, at least from the point of view of a final result of an interview.

It’s an easy question, so answering it with confidence should help you to calm down and be relaxed, in order to be ready to deliver your best in the rest of the interview…

But please, do not forget that the interview is not only about your answers to interview questions. You should understand also what to do, how to present yourself and simply have a knowledge of something other applicants do not have knowledge of. All people check the answer to this question – there’s no doubt about it…

If you want  to do something more than the others, you should have a look at our I  Will Get a Job Recording – it should help you to be not only prepared for the interview, but also to get a job.

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