If there was one interview question that was common across all industries, geographies, and experience levels it would be the classic - “Tell me about yourself.” While most view it as an icebreaker, this seemingly simple question could set the tone for your interview, and give recruiters a valuable insight into whom they are considering for their organisation.
This question is an opportunity for you to take charge and emphasise areas where you lead the interviewer. Think of it as a trailer of yourself - equal parts interesting and letting the recruiter know a big picture view of you. A crisp, enthusiastic answer is a sure winner; and we will help you create the perfect formula for it.
What not to say
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Perfecting the pitch
The pitch for yourself as a prospective candidate for the job should focus and condense all your resume high-points into a minute, or a minute-and-a-half answer. Make sure it doesn't turn into a tiring monologue. Concentrate on:
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The final equationTake some time, and plan how you would write an advert for yourself on the following lines:Who you are (overview statement) + strengths (features that show value) + why you are there (end by saying why you want the job)
Build an answer on the lines of:Hi, I am Ria. Currently, a team leader at ABC Infotech. In my 7 years in the IT industry, I have progressed from a trainee-programmer to my current position. (Who you are)+Our team was awarded the most innovative application development award last month for developing a fin-tech mobile application. (Strengths)+I am always on the lookout for roles that excite me, and help me apply my technical expertise to innovate. I believe this managerial role will provide the perfect opportunity to realise my aspiration to make a difference.(Why you are there)
And not something like:Hi, I am Ria, I did my schooling at PBC School, completed my engineering from WIT in Computer Science in the year 2012. I am well-versed with C, C++, Java, Python. I joined ABC Infotech as a campus recruit and have worked in development, testing domains. I am currently a team leader (development), heading a team of six. My hobbies include playing badminton and gardening (too many details, does not add much value, and does not point out to why you have appeared for this interview).
And, you're all set to deliver! With a little preparation, you can guide the interviewer your way, and bag your dream job!
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