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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.
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.
Employers interview many candidates, and if your answers sound the same as theirs, you won't stick out.
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.
Every job seeker needs a message. What's the big idea you want your interviewer to hear? And how will that show them that you're the right candidate?
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 athletes know how to work through tough times, handle a busy schedule, and always keep a goal in mind. They understand that if one team member is struggling, success is unlikely.
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 for a potential hire to offer a deep dive into what drives and encourages them as a person.
If you answer this first interview question hesitantly, it'll be harder to show that you're a strong leader.
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 trusted friends. Stay calm, take a deep breath, and move ahead with your prepared script.
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:
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.
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.
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 recruiter might think you simply don't care or don't have much to say.
It's not just what you've done in your career but why you made those decisions. Share your experiences, roles and achievements.
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