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When I was a human resources executive doing hiring interviews, I
almost always began my interviews with candidates by requesting,
“Tell me about yourself.” I did that for a number of reasons, the
most important of which was to see how the candidates handled
themselves in an unstructured situation.
I wanted to see how articulate they were, how confident they were and
generally what type of impression they would make on the people with
whom they came into contact on the job.
I also wanted to get a sense of what they thought was important.
Most candidates find this question to be a particularly difficult one
to answer. That is a misplaced view. This question offers an
opportunity to describe yourself positively and focus the interview on
your strengths. Be prepared to deal with it. These days, it’s
unavoidable. Like me, most interviewers start off their interviews
with this question. A lot of interviewers open with it as an
icebreaker or because they're still getting organized, but they all
use it to get a sense of whom you are.
The Wrong Response
There are many ways to respond to this question correctly and just one
wrong way: by asking, “What do you want to know?” That tells me
you have not prepared properly for the interview and are likely to be
equally unprepared on the job. You need to develop a good answer to
this question, practice it and be able to deliver it with poise and