Benedicto enters the room, shakes hand with the interviewer, sits down, and wears his sweetest smile. Then, comes the first question: “So, why don’t you tell me about yourself?”
Benedicto might have seen that coming. But most of us, while we anticipate that question, finds it really difficult to answer it. He can answer the question in many ways. But what is the best way of answering the ‘tell me about yourself’ question’?
Before we answer that, a few reminders are in order:
First, you are in a JOB INTERVIEW not a celebrity show, alright? You are applying for a position in a company, not a slot in the Big Brother House. So, your goal is go get across this message: “Hire me not because I am cool (I sing better than Beyonce, or can breathe fire), but because I am qualified (I have the skills, the personality, and the experience relevant to the job).”
Second, you have competitors. Don’t be discouraged, be challenged. And when answering a question, do not settle for less. Make your point, and build your self in line with your career goal. But don’t be too talkative.
And lastly, remember what’s at the back of your interviewer’s head: “At the end of the day, I have to choose.” So, anticipate that every question is meant to compare you with the other candidates. You’re not drinking coffee in a cafe and are catching up, okay? You’re in a job interview. So give the interviewer a clear picture of you that is best suited for the job you are applying for.
So, now, how should Benedicto answer the question then? How should you answer the “tell me about yourself” question?