How can you answer the tell me about yourself question when you do not know yourself?
This is one of the most common questions (How can you answer the tell me about yourself question when you do not know yourself?) in an interview and usually tops the list of the interviewer’s questions. It provides you a ‘golden opportunity to showcase what you have within you. One can even say, that, it is the ‘display window’ of your shop which becomes the basis of the decision-making of the interviewer if he wants to enter the shop for further details and make a deal or just walk away!
Tell me about yourself?
The key to making the best use of this question is to include ALL the following points in your answer
- Start with your name and the city and state from where you hail.
- An overview of your academic and professional qualifications in ascending order. Following the same, line up your achievements in descending order.
- A brief synopsis of two or a maximum of three projects of which you have been part (this is specifically important for experienced candidates). Mention your role in those projects.
- Mention your exceptional qualities, if any. Include them only if you think it’s relevant and can earn you a brownie point by impressing the interviewer(s).
- Do mention your family background – a place where they reside, members of the family, and their occupation.
However, there a few things which you need to take extra care of
- In no possibility should the answer take more than 5 minutes? Keep it short but contended at the same time.
- Be prepared for any sort of counter-questions that can be derived from this answer.
- Beware of how you speak. Never let the interviewer feel that you have mugged things up.
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Now, it’s time for ‘participation’Assume that you are sitting in the interview room now. You have been asked to ‘tell something about yourself’. Go ahead; give it a try on how to answer the same. Comment your own answers and get them reviewed .