“Tell me about yourself” is one of the most common opening requests in an interview. In order to make a positive first impression and start the interview right, come prepared. If you’re pressed for time, this should be the one question you think about before the big day.
First, consider what the interviewer is really trying to get at with this question. Yes, she wants to hear about you, but let’s dissect this inquiry for a moment. Dependent upon your answer to this all-important question, the interview could go in different directions. What does the interviewer really want to hear in response when she asks this question?
Here's what's going through an interviewer’s head as she’s listening:
Try to keep your answer to “tell me about yourself” about a minute or so long. As you can see, this is a jam-packed question with many layers underneath, and you want to make sure you address everything she is looking for. But you also have to answer concisely, and doing so is the hardest part. Using the former questions as a guide, here’s what you should and shouldn’t include in your prepared response:
Even if you can’t fit all of this in as an answer to this particular question, make sure you cover the following questions throughout the interview:
Originally Posted on money.usnews.com By: Marcelle Yeager
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