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How to answer 'Tell Me About Yourself' in a job interview

It’s the question every jobseeker dreads when heading into that all-important job interview – “So, tell me a little bit about yourself?” A question so common nowadays that it is often neglected during our interview prep yet is arguably the most important question which will set the tone for the remainder of the interview. The answer you give will ultimately decide whether or not the company chooses to hire you, so just remember the two simple rules: don’t tell your life story and only tell pertinent info.

Follow our guide below on what to discuss to make sure you blow them away and increase your chances of landing the job:

1) Professional achievements
Don’t recite your CV, waffle regarding your experience or mention achievements unrelated to the position. Instead, plan out at least three professional achievements before the interview that relate to the position and practice, practice, practice! Successful projects you have managed within your current position, honours or awards you have received at work and/or exceeding your sales targets are all great starting points.

2) Skills & qualifications
Refrain from lying or mentioning irrelevant skills and qualifications you possess but instead try to focus on those which are relevant to the position you are applying for. Focus on at least 2-4 skills, i.e. computer software packages, possessing a CSCS card, or great leadership skills and explain how you obtained these and how they are transferable.

3) Professional goals
Although this may feel like a pretty informal question, hold off from telling the interviewer your life goals, i.e. raising kids, competing in the world’s strongest man competition. Try mentioning goals that the company can help you achieve and demonstrate that you want to build a stable and prosperous career. Never give off the impression you have no long-term goals or mention ones unachievable in their company. Demonstrate forward thinking. 

4) Reasons for your interest in their company
Make sure you mention what you love about the company, its values, how you feel they can help you achieve your career goals and indicate you can see a long, healthy career with them. Mentioning that it is only a five minute commute from your new pad or that you're only interested in the pay packet is a big no-no!

Following these simple Do’s and Don’ts will ensure your interview gets off to a flying start and hopefully help you bag the job.

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