Interviewers always start the interview process with some basic ice-breakers. “Tell Me About yourself” is almost always the first question they through your way.
This question has always been a way to make you feel more comfortable during the interview. But it may not always do the trick. Rather some are left fumbled and off their usual game when it comes to explaining about themselves, It just gets a little too personal for some that they are unable to come up with a correct way to answer.
So we have come up with a few tips that will help you to understand how to answer this very simple, yet complicated question, during an interview.
You may begin with a brief overview of where you are now, professionally. Give a not to detailed but relevant information about your current or previous job. This could include your company and job profile along with a reference to a personal hobby or passion.
Tell the interviewer about how you got to where you are. Here you could mention education, or an important experience such as a past job, internship or volunteer experience.
Share a couple of your personal qualities, skills, and/or areas of expertise which would help you to excel in the job for which you are interviewing.
The interviewer doesn’t want to know everything about you, but disclosing too little can make him or her wonder why you aren’t more open. So do not share too much information but also give relevant replies.
No employer wants to take a chance on hiring someone who will miss a lot of work or ask for extensive vacation time to pursue their passions outside of work. So, Don’t talk about a hobby that might seem to be more important to you than your career.
Always be honest about your skills and education even your professional experience. Get caught in a lie, and the interview will be over before it gets started. Or you could get hired and wind up spending years pretending that you’re actually good at something when you are not. You wouldn’t want to start your professional career with baggage of lies.