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Interview Tip: Tell Me About Yourself

When you are involved in a job search, it’s a good idea to think about the interview questions you are likely to face. Planning ahead and preparing answers to some common interview questions will allow you to make a much better impression during your interview. While you don’t want to sound overly rehearsed or give generic answers, you do want to have a strong idea of what you’ll say to make a favorable impact during the interview process.

While there are several common interview questions, one question you’ll likely encounter is one of the most challenging to answer:  Tell me about yourself. If you face this query during your interview process, consider these key tips:

  • Keep it professional. Don’t start by sharing personal information or providing details that don’t give any insight into why you are qualified for the job. Think about the strengths you have that are pertinent to the position you’re being hired for and the things you most want the employer to know. Your most important accomplishments should make up your answer. 
  • Avoid information that will be off-putting. You don’t want to suggest you are likely to leave the position soon, or give the impression you are either over- or under-qualified for the job. Don’t provide any details that could suggest you would be a risky hire for the company.
  • Practice your answer. Because this question is so common, interviewers are going to expect you to be prepared. If you respond with something like what do you want to know, this suggests that you haven’t done your homework and you can’t think on your feet. Having a solid answer, on the other hand, shows you’ve thought in advance about how to make a good impression.

While answering tough interview questions can be a challenge, you need to excel at these questions to move forward in the hiring process. Of course, you need to get the interview first. Working with a professional staffing service can help you to get in contact with companies who are hiring and can make it possible to get interviews with great employers. Contact High Profile today so we can help you jumpstart your job search. You can give us a call at 972-991-7900 or contact us online to get started.