Techniques on How to Answer the Most Common Job Interview Question

The question “Tell me something about yourself” is one of the most common but also the most mind boggling interview questions that you may find yourself stumbling to answer. Most people approach this question by babbling until they say something that will engage the interviewer, by doing a resume walk-through and by saying filler words. Here are some ways to get through this difficult phase of the interview process:

  1. Your opening sentence should focus on your educational background. Briefly mention your degree and where you graduated from. For example: “I am a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree of bachelor of science in economics.
  2. Your second sentence should include a short work history. For example “I have sales and marketing work experience from a number of industries. I have been with IBM for seven years and at Verizon for 5 years.
  3. Your final sentence should explain why you are there and taking a new step in your career. It should answer the question why you are being interviewed at the moment. You could end the answer by saying “I am interested in expanding my career into marketing and I am very interested in international marketing which we are discussing today.”

After your response, pause and then smile at your interviewer and then allow them to ask the next interview question. Usually people being interviewed have a fear of sounding scripted as well as being judged as not knowing their own background. You may also feel that what you have said may not be enough to impress your interviewer however your interviewer will ask for more if they think that what you have said is not enough. They may also be looking for your ability to construct a compact summary of a lot of information.

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