One of the most common interview questions is, “Tell me about yourself.”
Open-ended questions like this frequently trip people up. It’s a somewhat vague question, and it’s hard to understand what the interviewer is asking. Don’t find yourself unprepared in an interview. Use this question as an opportunity to stand out from the crowd.
Practice your answers to the questions.
Ask yourself the following questions:
What is different about my life that qualifies me for this position?
Why am I interested in this role?
Are my passions & interests aligned with this position?
How do my hobbies & community engagement relate to this role?
Is there anything about my previous career experience or education that would help me excel in this position?
Are the company’s values and vision aligned with my own?
Remember that this question can set the mood for the rest of the interview since it’s usually one of the first questions asked. Be positive and passionate in your response.
Utilize interview coaching
You only get one chance with an interview. Don’t take chances with your chances. Invest in yourself and have more confidence going into the interview. Hire an interview coach to assist you with going through these open-ended questions and what your answers are and should be. Familiarizing yourself with the questions and your answers will help you communicate more confidently and increase your chances of continuing in the hiring process.
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This article was originally published in September 2020 and has been recently updated.