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How To Give And Receive Constructive Criticism

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Embrace it

Embrace it

Think of how your answer to "tell me about yourself" can be the start of a deeper conversation, leading to a stronger relationship with your interviewer. 

Keep three themes in mind when crafting your response:

  1. Engage your audience
  2. Establish credibility
  3. Tell your interviewers why they should care

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Be on the lookout for similar questions

Another way to start a job interview is with "Tell me your story." Most candidates seem caught off guard by this question and fall back on reciting their résumés or fall prey to telling the interviewers everything they've done since high school.

The question is meant to be an opportunity fo...

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Avoid buzzwords

Avoid buzzwords

Employers interview many candidates, and if your answers sound the same as theirs, you won't stick out. 

  • Using generic buzzwords will increase the chance you'll sound like the rest. To avoid this, practice describing your skills and experience with anecdotes that demonstrate the value ...

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Plan ahead and write it down

Plan ahead and write it down

Without a script to the question "Tell me about yourself", you could be caught flailing in an interview. It's better to be prepared. Good scripts don't come in the moment.  You have to think about how you will tell your story that inspires the interviewer and company.

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Don't narrate your life story

Don't narrate your life story

You'll leave hiring managers cringing if you admit how you've been unable to get a job or that you're unsure why this position is a good fit for you. 

Instead, "tell me about yourself" is an opportunity to share what you're like beyond your one-page résumé. 

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Take your time

Managers ask questions like "tell me about yourself" because they are looking to see whether your professional skills align with the role you're interviewing for.  

Hiring managers are looking for more information you can express in one minute. So, if your answer is too short, the recruite...

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Think like a leader

If you answer this first interview question hesitantly, it'll be harder to show that you're a strong leader.

  • Leadership starts with your physical presence. Be vocal and animated. Act enthusiastically and eager to be there. 
  • Start your interview with the intention of motivating...

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Don't list what's on your resume

Employers are looking for well-rounded candidates.

Don't discount the last thing you read or watched, as this can be a way to demonstrate your interests beyond the workplace and show that you have opinions you're not afraid to express.

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Be yourself. This is just a conversation.

During the interview, follow the lead of your interviewer. Do they want to make small talk? Go with it. Are they probing for how much you know about the company? Go for it. 

During the "tell me about yourself", emphasize the skills and strengths you will bring to the job.

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The universal "tell me about yourself" question

The universal "tell me about yourself" question

Nearly 60% of job recruiters report that "tell me about yourself" is their first go-to question for a candidate.

Although this open-ended question can feel overwhelming, it could be the key to ensuring your interviewers remember you as the standout candidate.

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Frame it as a story, then practice, practice, practice

If you struggle to write out possible responses, build your story chronologically with a past, present and future. 

Go into the interview having already rehearsed what you plan to say. You should sound confident without coming across as a know-it-all. Practice in front of a mirror or with t...

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Don't discount your athletic experience

Don't discount your athletic experience

Your athletic experience could be a factor in showing hiring managers that you're suitable for the job.

Many skills employers are looking for alignment with the characteristics developed on the athletic field. You just need to convince an interviewer that this is the case.

Former athl...

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Answers To Common Interview Questions

Answers To Common Interview Questions

  1. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? Don’t tell your life story; answer clearly and concisely. Focus on professional accomplishments.
  2. Why should we hire you over the other applicants? Say, “I don’t know the skill of others, but I do my own,” then highlight your strengths and ...

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