Wednesday, June 29, 2016
You think through the job posting and work out various scenarios for the interview and then when you get there you've forgotten to prepare for the most basic question.
"So, can you start by telling me a little about yourself?"
Here are four tips to help prepare your answer to this question.
1. Start simply with some factual information about yourself. For example, "I'm the oldest of three children, I have two younger brothers and I'm very close to them. My family grew up near Lake Michigan and I love spending time in the water."
2. Describe a defining characteristic. Perhaps you are known to be fiercely independent, or your family and friends have always noted how loyal you are. Mention this trait, but don't stop there.
3. Give an example of an experience that shows you demonstrating that trait. Describe the time your youngest brother was being picked on and you stood up for him, or that morning one summer you independently decided it was time to get a summer job and your parents were shocked.
4. Provide the interviewer with an understanding of how that trait can benefit your prospective employer. Maybe you've always wanted to work at this company and it's the only company you've imagined working at or your independent nature will ensure you work hard with little supervision necessary.
Following these simple tips can help you answer in a relaxed manner and get the interview off to a good start.