TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF – This question is a way to break the ice and make you feel more comfortable during the interview process. However, some people might find this—and other interview questions about you—slightly stressful. But they’re a good way for the hiring manager to get insight into your personality, so it pays to prepare to answer them. The best answers to this request are honest, brief, and confidently delivered. Your goal is to share something interesting about yourself that illuminates who you are as a person and an employee. Come prepared with a few things to share and be sure to tie them to the skills and qualities that are most valuable in this job.
Happy Job Hunting Joshua
John recommends the following next steps:
You should conduct research on your potential employer, become familiar with the job description and duties, dress professionally, avoid heavy makeup / long nails, wear natural colors / suit. Bring a copy of your resume and make sure that its up-to-date and factual. Prepare some questions beforehand. Be ready to speak about your strengths and weaknesses. Reflect on the questions being asked and respond honestly. Rehearse confidence / appropriate body language beforehand.
In some markets, it may be best to not inquire about salary or benefits on an initial interview.
At the end of the interview, inquire about next steps.
Request the contact information for the person (or persons) who interviewed you so you can send a brief e-mail thanking them for their time and expressing your interest in the position.
At a high level some guiding principles that you can showcase during the interview
- Bring your best version to the interview
- Display curiosity
- Show risk taking by showcasing examples where you have gone beyond your comfort zone
- Compassion and Kindness - two attributes that always make for a good leader
How this would translate to during the interview process
- Arrive early to the interview. If taking the interview remotely ensure your computer is setup well (internet connection, camera, your positioning in front of the camera)
- External appearance is essential especially for the first 2 minutes (clean and professional typically helps)
- Prepare PRIOR to the meeting
(1) Invest time on understanding the company/people who you are interviewing for by visiting the website (understand the vision of the company), going to LinkedIn to understand the profiles of the people who will be talking to you, understand the specifics of the job beforehand.
(2) Spend time introspecting what your weakness and strengths are and what you would like to bring to the forefront in the conversations
(3) Think of specific examples that showcases your work and strengths.
(4) Anticipate and write down the questions your might get asked.
(5) Stand in front of the mirror and practice your answers
(6) "Hear your words" as you speak and you will tend to realize if you speak fast or slow
(7) Practice what we call in the corporate world "the elevator pitch". Imagine you were traveling in an elevator and you run into a CEO of a top company and they ask who you are and what you do. By the time the elevator reaches the end of it's journey, the other person should have a good idea of who you are :-). Good luck with this one. I am still practicing mine.
- The above prep work will give you the necessary confidence which is almost half the battle.
- Once you complete your interview, always follow up with a grateful thank you note to the interviewer saying how excited you are about the opportunity
Remember to have FUN! And good luck! Exciting times.
Brandon recommends the following next steps:
Lauren Grzyboski, CFE, CAMS, MBA
Great question! Best tip for an interview would be to make sure you do your research on the company you are interviewing with prior. Try to prepare a list of questions to ask the recruiter beforehand. Review your resume to pinpoint key areas that you can focus on which separate you from other candidates. Try to practice what you want to discuss about yourself and how you align with the companies purpose and objectives. Be on time for the interview and arrive about 15/30 minutes prior. Overall, make sure you thank the recruiter for their time and consideration with an email after the interview and reach out to them about 2/3 weeks later to emphasize that you are still interested in the position.
Be your authentic self. The hiring manager is looking for someone that will fit with their team and understands that they can teach you or train you on some necessary skills to be successful.