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Why Interviewers Ask It

Why Interviewers Ask It

This introductory question serves as an icebreaker to lend an easy flow to the conversation. It helps the recruiter to get to know you in terms of hard and soft skills.

It’s a great opportunity to demonstrate that you can communicate clearly and effectively.

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As most hiring decisions are made in the first minute, you might only have one chance to make a good first impression. It includes your greeting, handshake, eye contact, and the first thing you say.

View this as your first impression. Wait for a good time to mention something like being fired or laid off from a previous job. Do not speak bad about your previous employer. It is a big turn-off. 

Make sure you understand who you’re talking to. You might give a different answer to a recruiter than to a prospective boss. 

  • Present: Talk a little bit about what your current role is, the scope of it, and possibly a recent achievement.
  • Past: Tell the interviewer how you got there and/or mention a past experience that’s relevant to the job and company you’re applying for.
  • Future

This isn’t the time to talk about your family and hobbies unless you believe that it would be relevant.

If your goal in an interview is to stand out among the applicant pool and be memorable, tell your story from a passionate perspective, even if that touches on the personal territory.

Think through what you want to convey about yourself ahead of time.  See if the answer sounds solid and credible to you. Practice saying it out loud.

Interviewers want to know how your answer about yourself is relevant to the position and company you’re applying for.

Don’t waste this time repeating every single detail of your career. 

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