Tell me about yourself!

This is a common question that is asked during most interviews. Many people are often thrown off because of this question.

There are also complaints that its too open-ended and vague. Here is the thing, it’s like that on purpose. It’s meant to be open-ended and vague so people can talk about themself. And yes, I know how hard it can be to talk about yourself.

How do you answer this question? Let’s go over this step by step.

  1. Write down your work history and how that relates to the job that you are applying to. Example: If I was applying to a Recruiting Manager or Talent Acquisition Manager, I would write about how I have been a recruiter for over 5 years, trained junior recruiters at various jobs and helped companies brand themselves, created talent acquisition strategies

  2. Prepare and write down a brand statement. A brand statement is who you are and what you bring to the table. Example: I am Corporate Recruiter with over 5 years of experience. I have trained junior recruiters, and created and implemented an employer brand strategy. Note: This is statement is for your viewing and not for the employer to see, so it’s doesn’t matter that you use “I”

  3. Write down your elevator speech – Basically your elevator speech is your brand statement that about 60-90 seconds. Imagine you meet the ideal person that you want to work for, and you have one elevator ride to tell them about yourself, what would you tell them that would make them consider hiring you.

  4. Practice, Practice, Practice. Stand in front of the mirror and keep rehearsing your elevator speech. Memorize it to the point that you can recite it in your sleep.

Don’t feel intimidated, you have got this. You know yourself and your background more than anyone else.

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