“Tell Me About Yourself?”
It is in response to this open-ended inquiry that many people talk themselves out of a job offer. But if you structure your answer as we suggest – starting at the bottom of page two on the resume and moving up to the top of page one with a two-minute biographical sketch of who you are, where you’ve been and where you’re going – you’ll succeed.
1. Start with your early history – where you were born, where you grew up. If you served in the armed forces, mention that here.
2. Part two is your education. Tell where you went to school and what degree you received.
3. Part three is professional experience – a brief description of your jobs since leaving school, explaining the transitions between jobs and notable accomplishments you achieved. Then quickly move to your most recent (or current) position, explaining how your skills, accomplishments and experience relate to the opening.
4. Finally, part four is a career plan – a brief explanation of why you and this company would be a good match, reflecting facts you learned in your advance research on the firm. In closing, mention what a first-rate company this is and that you are pleased to be interviewed for a position in the firm.
Quite simply, when you follow these four steps, you’ve transformed a major roadblock into a positive image of yourself in the employer’s eyes. And you’re a giant step closer to a job offer.
P.S. Don’t miss our next segment on Question 2, “Tell me about your weaknesses.”