Interview Strategies: “Tell Me More About Yourself.”

“If you could be any emoji, which one would you choose?”

“What would you say is your greatest weakness?”

You’ll have to answer tough questions during an interview.  There’s no way around it, and you can’t predict exactly what you’ll be asked. 

Try answering the following questions to help yourself prepare.  Give it a shot and see how you do, it might just help you land that job you need!

  • Tell me a bit about yourself

What they mean: Who are you, really?  What type of personality do you have, and what attributes (good or bad) will you bring to our team?

Why it’s tough: People often get stuck talking about professional qualifications.  Don’t fall into this trap—you have a resume for that.

 How you can answer: Just tell them what you like to do, and what kind of person you are!  Highlight the good about yourself, and try to be interesting and engaging.

  • What attributes do you bring to the table?

What they mean: Why are you the best candidate for this job? This is another common fact-finding question, used to determine your confidence, and what you’ll offer your employer.

Why it’s tough: You have to choose the best parts of yourself, and explain why they have value for the employer.  Be smart, and answer honestly.

You could answer: Be smart, and answer honestly.  Tell them what your skills are, and why they’re unique and valuable to the company.

  • Where do you see yourself in (number) years?

What they mean: What will you gain from this position? Are you the only one who will benefit, or are you actually interested about the company or the industry?

Why it’s tough: Are you looking to make a career with the company or are you just trying to use this company until something is better?

How to answer: You should leverage this question to your advantage, and use it to demonstrate your unique skills.

Remember, if you answer confidently and honestly, you’ll demonstrate the skills necessary for a successful job interview.

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