One of the most common interview questions is: Tell me about yourself. This question is one that many job seekers dread because it is such an open-ended question and the answer could make or break the interview.


When a hiring manager asks you to share information about who you are, they aren’t looking for details on your hobbies, kids or family life. They want to know about your professional accomplishments and make sure you have the confidence to sell yourself as the best person for the job.  To give a great answer to this challenging question, consider these key tips.


  • Prepare an “elevator speech” in advance: Your answer to this question is your chance to sell yourself by showing you have the skills the company is looking for and can add value to the organization. Prepare a quick elevator pitch that highlights your strongest attributes and gives the hiring manager a clear and concise reason for hiring you.
  • Keep your answer short, to around a minute or less: You don’t want to give a long monologue the hiring manager won’t remember the details of and that could become boring and repetitive. The idea is to make your strongest possible arguments for your candidacy. Forcing yourself to keep your pitch short will ensure you’ve refined your points.
  • Provide specifics to show you are really the ideal candidate for the position: When possible, you don’t want to speak in vague platitudes. You want to provide clear and objective reasons why you’re the right candidate. For example, if you’re applying for a sales job, you could explain how you excelled in sales in your last position by exceeding your sales quota in three of four quarters. The more specific you are about your accomplishments, the more confident the hiring manager will be you have the necessary skills.


By preparing a great answer in advance that shows why you are the candidate the company is looking for, you can impress the hiring manager and move closer to finding the job of your dreams.


Of course, you need to land an interview first before you can give your awesome answer to this question. IES Custom Staffing will help you get a shot at interviewing with some of the best companies in your field. Contact us today to find out how our staffing professionals can help you land an interview likely to lead to the perfect position.

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