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How to Answer “Tell Me About Yourself?”

You got the interview, congratulations! You have gotten to the place where many only dream to be in.

So celebrate with your favorite beverage. No, but seriously, this is a big deal, so treat it as such.

I am sure you are here because you’d like to nail your interview, and for that I commend you as well. It is so important to be prepared for any interview.

And even seemingly simple questions like “tell me about yourself” can be tricky to answer the right way.

How hard can it be, you just need to tell the interviewer who you are and what you do?

Well it is not that simple, unfortunately, this question has gotten so much buzz, because 9 out 10 interviews will ask it.

Candidates believe it is boring, annoying and overused. While I do not disagree, it is mainly used because it is a great way to break the ice when you are first meeting someone for an interview.

And it helps the candidate feel comfortable because, I mean, who does not like to talk about themselves.

BUT there is a formula, actually there are many great ways to answer this question.

As a recruiter and hiring manager, here are the main things I look for in a candidate when they answer:

  • Ability to explain who they are in 90 seconds or less
  • Understanding of the role they are applying for by connecting themselves and their experiences to the requirements of the job
  • The impact you had in previous role with your experience that could be directly related to the role you are applying to now

Simple enough right?

OK, so you are in for a treat because I will share my very answer when it comes to winning over the recruiter or hiring manager in the interviews when I am in the candidate seat.

But let’s break the formula down first.

I break mine down into four steps:

  • How I got into the field and how it relates to my personality OR lead with demonstrating value
  • Between two and three strengths I already possess that are required for the job
  • I then add the value that those strengths resulted in
  • Tie it all together with a specific scenario or story from work (people remember stories)

The key to this formula is to review the job description thoroughly and highlight the skills and strengths that you know you have and think of examples from your experience.

Let’s pick between two and three strengths or skills the company wants you to have and start writing. (these are usually the soft skills)

Yes! I recommend you write down your answer, rehearse it so that when you are ready to deliver it at the interview you can sound natural and confident.

SAMPLE STRENGTHS:

  • Relationship building
  • Problem-Solving
  • Attention to detail

Let’s say this was for a project manager role and those strengths above were the ones you possessed and are the main reasons why you are or will be successful and a great candidate for the role.

SAMPLE FOR EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS:

“I am so excited to share the main highlights of my past 5 years experience as a project manager and how it ties into this role. Based on what I know about “XYZ company” I can see how my relationship building skills will go hand in hand with your mission to always put the client first. The best way to describe what I do is by talking about the top three things I do best in my role [include the skills from the role]. And those skills were really put to the test when [give a concrete example of a previous project you had to use some or all skills].

After a few hiccups I was able to [provide results of your work and how that helped/impacted the company]. And what I learned from that experience was [tell them one main takeaway from that project] which makes me super excited to take on the challenge and exciting opportunity that this role will have to offer.”

SAMPLE FOR NEW GRADS OR NO EXPERIENCE CANDIDATES:

“Yes of course it will be my pleasure, I moved to NYC to obtain my Bachelors in Business Administration. I chose New York because it is the heart of small, medium and larger businesses. That was really attractive to me and it clicked with my fast paced and multi faceted personality. I did a number of internships in places like AIG, Google, and JP Morgan.

I really enjoyed my time there because I built the best relationships and learned a ton about the project management industry from a lens of client, researcher, and executor. What I loved the most about those experiences was that it gave me the opportunity to realize that I was made to be a project manager. I have always been fascinated by the ability to take a small idea and build it into something that can have great impact for a company like yours [mention a specific project that company achieved and why you loved that one], I know you company is one of the leading in the industry and just sitting here with you today is a huge honor. I am so excited to learn more about potential opportunities.”

The main takeaway from the recent graduate example is that you are talking about your personality and how it relates to the job, meaning that you already have the soft skills that can’t be taught.

You also mentioned a specific project example which makes you shine because it means you did your research and believe many don’t do that.

Now that you know how to answer the question, let’s break down some of the big mistakes I have seen when asking candidates this question:

  • Remember to keep it professional, try your best to not talk about your personal life. In some special circumstances, this is necessary but it should not be the main focus of your answer.
  • Don’t walk the interviewer through your experience of what is already in your resume
  • Match the interviewer’s body language and try to be at their level of energy
  • Don’t be too self-centered

WOW, you did it, you have really done the right thing by coming here, reading and preparing yourself to nail your interview by starting with the idea on how to answer the very first question you might get asked.

This is one of the questions that really can be answered in many different ways, I recommend you read on other resources so that you can have a more robust idea on how you could make the answer your own.

This blog post has hopefully helped you be prepared to answer one of the most common questions “tell me about yourself”

Now, go get them and remember you are awesome, deserving and capable to get the offer.

Please be sure to comment below if this helped you and how your interview process is going. I would love to hear from you.

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Please note that all topics discussed are my opinion and not based on my current or past employers. This is not a call to discuss job opportunities at my employer and does not guarantee job placement.
DISCLAIMER: Please note I do not offer any career coaching services or interview prep to those seeking jobs in the Tech industry.
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There are people applying for jobs you want and they far less qualified than you!

Be delulu! Apply to the job!

There are far less competent men asking for the raise.

Be delulu, ask for more!

No one thought going to the moon was a sane idea until it happened.

This time next will look so different, you have to show up, take action and claim it as your
But you also need the data to back it up!

And if you need help with that part, comment “VIP” and I’ll send you the sign up info on your DMs this waitlist is pumped up and you don’t want to miss out for what’s coming in the 2024!!!

#careeradvice #jobsearching
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@careersinreview comment “VIP” and you’ll be added to the waiting list for the salary negotiation and script guide that I’m releasing in January.

“Thank you so much for for the offer. I’m excited about this role, the team and the company. The base salary is lower than expected/originally discussed, and based on the years of experience I bring on [specify on area tie it to the role skills] I’d like to reanchor the conversation that I’m looking for a number closer to XYZ, I’m very interested in the role and would like to know how we can work together to get us closer to this number.”

The best way to have leverage during these conversations is to have other options lined up.

Practice before you have this conversation.

Consider other compensation aside the base salary.

Salary conversations are one of my favorite topics. Drop your questions below 👇🏼

#salarynegotiation #salary #careeradvice
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What are you the most excited for the holidays? ☺️

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Those “comments” truly don’t matter. 

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Sometimes good recruiters (the truly good ones) only want to know the number that will make you happy.

But the tricky part is hard for you as the job seeker to know who are the good ones. 

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So here is how you can safely navigate this:

🔥give a range, a big one, and take advantage of total compensation talk. 

✨it’s not all about base salary, so when you give a number and if it feels too big for you be sure to mention at the end “total compensation”

👏🏻salary negotiations are very personal because it’s going depend on how much reliable information you have and how much leverage you actually have at the time of negotiation. 

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You got this! 

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Comment “VIP” and I’ll add you to the waiting list for when that’s ready in January. 

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It’s gonna be LIT 🔥 

Drop “VIP” in the comments and you’ll be added to the waiting list.

@careersinreview the secret to negotiation when it comes to your salary…

Is, there is no secret.

Those “comments” truly don’t matter.

Could they hurt you a bit if you’re in a conversation with a really experienced recruiter? Maybe.

Sometimes good recruiters (the truly good ones) only want to know the number that will make you happy.

But the tricky part is hard for you as the job seeker to know who are the good ones.

So I get it, let’s prepare you for the scenario where you’d get someone who might want to get you for cheaper 😣

Yes, you shouldn’t volunteer how much you currently make.

So here is how you can safely navigate this:

🔥give a range, a big one, and take advantage of total compensation talk.

✨it’s not all about base salary, so when you give a number and if it feels too big for you be sure to mention at the end “total compensation”

👏🏻salary negotiations are very personal because it’s going depend on how much reliable information you have and how much leverage you actually have at the time of negotiation.

So although it doesn’t technically really matter, to be safe stay away from saying those things, come prepared, be ok with talking about money 💰

You got this!

I’m creating a $FREE.99 guide all things money (salary negotiation) when it comes to all milestones to your career.

Comment “VIP” and I’ll add you to the waiting list for when that’s ready in January.

This resource comes with 10yrs of experience negotiating salary on both sides of the table, negotiating base, benefits, titles, vacations, equity, and more.

It’s gonna be LIT 🔥

Drop “VIP” in the comments and you’ll be added to the waiting list.
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✨the job market continues to be dumpster fire 🔥

And the career advice I see continues to be less reliable.

The more “clickbait” and outrageous the claim the more likely it is that is not true.

Some jobs might not make it to a job board but that would be the very minority of the cases not 80%

Adding the job description in white font to your resume is an old trick that has now been picked up by recruiters, not a risk you should be taking.

You can reach out to recruiters and HMs, do it strategically, apply for the role first, you need to comply with the rules. They can’t consider you if you’re not an official candidate.

#career #careersearch #jobsearch #hiddenjobmarket #jobmarket #careersucess #careercoachingonline #careercoaching #careergoals
...

I can’t believe I’m going to say this…

But you have the right to walk away, repeat after me, you have the right to walk away!

A lot of career content creators (myself included) talk about the things you should avoid as a job seeker so you don’t show red flags to your future employer.

But what should you do when the employer is the one showing the red flags? 

Here is what you can say when you’re encounter with these scenarios:

🚩Not sharing salary after multiple attempts: “unfortunately I’m unable to continue in the process without understanding the compensation structure and salary range being offered for the role…”

🚩Illegal questions: “I rather focused on talking about the professional aspect of my background and joe my skills can serve this role…” 

🚩Lengthly projects (not compensated): “here is a sample portfolio of my work which will showcase the exact same skills and will answer the same questions as the project proposed for this project.”

🚩Exploding offer: “I understand the urgency here, I’d appreciate reasonable time to evaluate the offer in writing and review so I know I’m ma liking an educated decision”

🚩no shows or too many reschedules:”unfortunately it appears this role might not be ready to be filled at this time, I’ll be withdrawing my application from consideration.

I’m working on something super exciting to help you prep for your interviews if you want first dibs follow the instructions below. 

Comment the word “GUIDE” and I’ll send you the pdf with preliminary information, once you sign up you’ll be the first to know when the new resource come out 🤪 

#interviews #interviewtips #interviewquestions #interviewskills #interviewprep #jobinterviewquestions #jobinterviewtips #jobinterviews #jobinterview #careertipsdaily #careertalk

I can’t believe I’m going to say this…

But you have the right to walk away, repeat after me, you have the right to walk away!

A lot of career content creators (myself included) talk about the things you should avoid as a job seeker so you don’t show red flags to your future employer.

But what should you do when the employer is the one showing the red flags?

Here is what you can say when you’re encounter with these scenarios:

🚩Not sharing salary after multiple attempts: “unfortunately I’m unable to continue in the process without understanding the compensation structure and salary range being offered for the role…”

🚩Illegal questions: “I rather focused on talking about the professional aspect of my background and joe my skills can serve this role…”

🚩Lengthly projects (not compensated): “here is a sample portfolio of my work which will showcase the exact same skills and will answer the same questions as the project proposed for this project.”

🚩Exploding offer: “I understand the urgency here, I’d appreciate reasonable time to evaluate the offer in writing and review so I know I’m ma liking an educated decision”

🚩no shows or too many reschedules:”unfortunately it appears this role might not be ready to be filled at this time, I’ll be withdrawing my application from consideration.

I’m working on something super exciting to help you prep for your interviews if you want first dibs follow the instructions below.

Comment the word “GUIDE” and I’ll send you the pdf with preliminary information, once you sign up you’ll be the first to know when the new resource come out 🤪

#interviews #interviewtips #interviewquestions #interviewskills #interviewprep #jobinterviewquestions #jobinterviewtips #jobinterviews #jobinterview #careertipsdaily #careertalk
...

I know y’all don’t want to hear this, but it’s the truth.

Al is not yet the one rejecting or selecting the candidates/ resumes that will move forward.

Because the one company that tried it got sued big time and the technology is not ready for it yet, so it has not happen vet.

So please for the love of god stop believing people that have no experience in hiring, people who have never seen the back end of a hiring applicant system.

The job market is tough right now, so you might doing all the right things and still might not be seeing results, time will be the determining factor here.

#aitools #aihiring #ainews #hiringalert #hiringjobs

I know y’all don’t want to hear this, but it’s the truth.

Al is not yet the one rejecting or selecting the candidates/ resumes that will move forward.

Because the one company that tried it got sued big time and the technology is not ready for it yet, so it has not happen vet.

So please for the love of god stop believing people that have no experience in hiring, people who have never seen the back end of a hiring applicant system.

The job market is tough right now, so you might doing all the right things and still might not be seeing results, time will be the determining factor here.

#aitools #aihiring #ainews #hiringalert #hiringjobs
...

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