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“So, tell me about yourself.”

One of the most dreaded – and commonly used – interview questions is often the start of a bad first impression for many job candidates. It can be answered easily, however. Practice, a little bit of rehearsing, and following a few simple content-related tips can help one sail through the early stages of an interview.

Why do hiring managers ask this question?
Candidates are given a chance to demonstrate how articulate and confident they are, as well as what’s most important to them in terms of a career (and the specific position they’re interviewing for.)

Give a preview of yourself – avoid the personal and stick to the professional.

Do not start out by giving a summary of your personal life. Stick to your most recent work experience and skills that are relevant to the job you’re interviewing for.
Preparing a concise summary of your background and how it relates to specific aspects of the position you’re interviewing for is a great way to let hiring managers know you’re serious about the opportunity.
Be brief – and be prepared
The most important thing to remember when a hiring manager asks you to tell about yourself: never respond by asking, “what do you want to know?” It’s a sure-fire way to blow the entire interview, as it leads to a bad first impression. Be confident, speak clearly, and describe yourself in a way that demonstrates how well you would fit the company and the position.

About Walrath Recruiting, Inc.

Thanks for stopping by Coffee Break, a blog written by the Walrath Recruiting team of Albany, New York! Experts in staffing and recruiting, we're happy to dish the real deal when it comes to seeking, hiring, and everything in between. Powered by numerous Lattes, the Coffee Break blog aims to please the business owner, HR director, job seeker, and the ever curious. We brainstorm with the jolt of espresso, and write with a little cream and sugar. Drink up!


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