Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tell Me About Yourself

We all know that this is typically the first question in most interviews. You may think this is the easiest or one of the most challenging questions in an interview.

I cannot tell you how many times I see a great resume, (and yes, I get excited to interview them) ask candidates this question and they completely go off topic!

Don’t get me wrong, I love that you just got back from your honeymoon, just had your third baby, just sent your kids off to college or just bought a new home. However; it’s another story when you begin to inform me about your battling divorce, how you can’t stand your parents or kids, your recent break-up or how your dog just ran away from you.

Here are a few tips on a great way to actually answer this question:
• Begin with any educational experience…you earned that degree, be proud of it!
• If you are a recent college graduate, talk about extra-curricular activities you were involved with during school—employers love to see that you put yourself in leadership positions.
• When discussing employment history, start with your first position and end with most recent.
• Make sure you touch base on what your responsibilities entailed with each position.
• Never talk negatively about former companies!
• Always end on a positive note; for example…that brings us to today and I’m looking forward to learning more about this organization!
• Lastly, keep it professional and leave the personal topics at home!

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