Those who interview want to know by asking this question, four or five relevant things about you to help them get an idea of how you would fit into the position. What they need to glimpse is not what already appears on your CV. They are interested in picking out aspects of your personality that are difficult to detect in the CV. Your way of expressing yourself, how you think and order your speech, what things you give importance to and which ones you are interested in hiding. This can be a good trick to play in your favor if you prepare the interview well. How to answer the question “tell me about yourself”?
It is quite common to start the central part of the meeting with the invitation to talk about yourself. This question serves to point out the roots of the conversation and take a photo of who you are professionally. Later, you will delve into more specific aspects of the CV.
This is an open question, so it is highly recommended that be well structured so as not to beat around the bush and lose yourself in your own story. Practice not to extend yourself (a minute or two will suffice) and do a short summary with strings to pull that may be interesting to your coach.
How to structure the answer “tell me about yourself”
An idea to start working on this part is to do it with a elevator pitch less than two minutes in which condense your work experience and career goals into four main ideas.
Also think of a formal bio for social media that describes who you are professionally, enriching it with the singularities of your experience or your skills that can be valued for the position.
It is interesting to accompany the soft skills (soft skills), highly prized right now, with a your experience as an example. This will help to ground your skills to concrete things to give all the value that transversal skills have in the way you work. Look for examples in your CV where you can talk about your creativity, ability to adapt to changes, perseverance, curiosity …
Structure the speech drawing a line in time which can begin with a motivating or triggering event (“I’ve always wanted to be …”, “I decided this was my path when …”). This event led you to train specifically and, accompanied by this and this other quality of your character (insert here some of your soft skills), allowed you to achieve this milestone and this other. Finally, you can talk about your career aspirations, in which the company you are interviewing for plays an important role.
Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make When “Talking About Yourself” in a Job Interview
It is very important that you keep in mind that this is not a personal question. Details about your private life are not the target of the question. Unless that life experience serves to bring out an interesting aspect of your CV. For example, having lived abroad or your family has a business that It has allowed you to learn certain things appropriate to the position.
Something that should also be controlled is the tone with which you are going to tell it. Confidence in what you do, the good knowledge you have about your qualities and virtues And the value of your professional experience or training is not at odds with the use of a humble tone. The value of each curriculum is a function of how it fits into the gear of a company where other equally necessary professionals work.
Use a close, explanatory and simple tone. do use of key words and concepts of your profession, but making it understandable for the interviewer (they do not always have a very technical knowledge of the position). Knowing how to explain your profession to someone who does not belong to it says a lot about the ability to communicate with other people, something essential for teamwork. It also has to do with the ease of adapting to different interlocutors, that is, your ability to listen and perception, and the knowledge you have of your activity without resorting to technicalities.
“What have you done during the confinement?”
Some recruitment experts say that in the interviews that take place from now on, questions may arise about what has been done during confinement. Prepare it so that it does not catch you off guard. It will be interesting for them to know that you have been updating knowledge, improving language skills or computer science or learning more about the activity of the company. Do not waste this opportunity.