Job interview question and answer: Tell me about yourself

tell me about yourself
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It's time to sell yourself – but keep focused because you need to give a good overview of what you can do in relation to the position for which you are applying.

Summarise your work experience and the professional skills you have acquired. Concentrate on aspects of your experience that relate to the job. If marketing is a prerequisite for this job and you have marketing as part of your skills set, then make sure you focus on your experience in this field.

You could also refer to your education and tell the interviewer where and what you studied – include notable snippets like your majors, significant awards or a distinction average, but only if the subjects you studied are relevant to the job. You may want to briefly describe why you chose your subject area and career path.

Don't ramble on: keep to the point (no more than four points in total) and don't waste time on irrelevant information – make sure each point hits the mark for the job. Check with the job description and select four main aspects of the job that you could cover.

Finish off by briefly outlining your career plans and how the job on offer fits into those illustrious schemes.

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