The most asked question in any interview and how to deal with it.
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
- Abraham Lincoln
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Yes, the most asked question in any interview will force you to talk about just that, you! Maybe this won't be a difficult task, as talking about who you are might just be something you do every day. Yet there's more to it than you might imagine! So, how to prepare for the most asked question ever?
Why it's so important!
Your answer will set the tone for the rest of the interview (#nostress). Because it's usually the first question you'll be asked.

So, it's the ideal chance to show them who you are and to showcase your personality!
What's in it for them?
A good answer to this question shows recruiters:

• How your previous experience and interests have prepared you for the job.

• How you view yourself and what you want to achieve at the company.

• If your personality and work ethics fit the company's corporate culture.

• How much you want it! Never take enthusiasm out of the equation.
Guidelines
Be prepared to talk about yourself
When preparing for your interview you'll probably have a lot of information on the vacancy you're applying for. But don't forget to bring structure to your answer. Prepare and rehearse your elevator pitch in advance.
Don't reveal too much personal information
To be frank, recruiters don't really care about how many brothers and sisters you have. So, don't start the interview with filler information. Revealing too many irrelevant details about yourself will make you come across as rather insightful about the job.

Interesting hobby's, certain personal interests or some fun facts might liven up the interview though. As long as they are relevant and give the recruiters insight to who you are as a person and a worker.
Leave out vague words
Creative, flexible, passionate… urgh. We know! Stay away from words that are unoriginal and ambiguous.

If you want to talk about responsibility (without using the word), use words like organize – leadership – met deadlines – prepared. Talking about your leadership skills? Try giving words like build – develop – deliver – resolve a try!

Give real life examples
Don't leave it at that. Link your words to actions from real life. If you're talking about how you like to take initiative, give a recent example that really showcases it. Recruiters like actions more than words you know.
1 or 2 minutes max
Sometimes people can talk about themselves for hours. If you tend to get carried away, time yourself beforehand. Don't talk for more than 1 or 2 minutes. Leave some time for questions and don't forget to breathe.
Define yourself
A good way to stand out from the crowd is to really define yourself. Don't make it too hard for them to understand who you are and what you do. So, stay away from general character description and be as specific as possible.
Present, past and future
A good way to structure your answer is to first talk about what you're doing now. Things like what are you studying, where are you working, where are you now in life?

Then to share some key background information like past experiences, achievements or previous studies.

Always end on a high note by finishing with what you would like to achieve and what your future goals are.
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APRIL, 5 / 2019

Text author: Georgina Cocker
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