Tell me about yourself
I. Steps to answer interview questions:
Step 1: Give a brief introduction about yourself:
For example: My name is Peter. I graduated from XYZ University with bachelor degree in Sales. After 5 years working as a Sales Manager, I have well experienced in training, mentoring and motivating other sales personnel to achieve the goals of the Company.
Step 2: Give a brief summary of your experience in your latest positions:
Give a summary of 2-3 latest companies that you have worked for and companies that have helped you succeed with your new jobs.
For example: recently, I have worked for ABC Company as Sales Manager for North-East Region. With my skills from training courses, I developed many sales campaigns which contributed much to the development of new customers and maintenance of current customer base. After 6 months, my sales force and I did regain the company’s market and promote the sales revenue up by 37%.
Step 3: Connect your ability to the employer’s requirements:
Never assume that the employer will by himself be able to connect all of your abilities to the job requirements.
Step 4: Make a concerning question:
With a concerning question, it will help you gain “control” of the interview. You may reduce the stress of the interview with such questions.
For example: I would like to know the strong points of your company’s current Sales force.
II. Some tips in answering:
1. Records/references: when giving information about yourself, remember to provide records/references as well;
2. Don’t make up the information: your information will be kept as records for a long time when you are employed. Also, the employer has many ways to checking whether your information provided are correct or not. Therefore, give the most faithful information as possible;
3. Practice: to answer well an interview question, you can practice with your friends or do it by yourself in a private room. Be sure that your answer is brief and within 3 minutes;
4. Keep information brief and relevant: Try making your answers more and more concise; Try to give much information in as short time as possible;
5. Eliminate irrelevant and unnecessary information.
6. DO: Tell a story … your career story.
7. DO: Give a quick overview of your career thus far, with emphasis on your most recent job.
8. DO: Wrap up with “What I’m interested in doing next is…” and be sure your answer points to the job you are interviewing for.
9. DON’T: Give your life story.
10. DON’T: Give too much detail.
The best creative way to answer this question: Tell employer about your stories:
Ideals for your stories that can be:
1. Establish your identity and reveal your personality.
2. Make you memorable.
3. Establish trust.
4. Establish an emotional connection between storyteller and listener and inspires the listener’s investment in the storyteller’s success.
5. Illustrate skills, accomplishments, values, characteristics, qualifications, expertise, strengths, and more.
6. Explain key life/career decisions, choices, and changes.
7. Help you portray yourself as a strong communicator.
Top 7 interview questions with answers
1. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.
2. What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
3. Describe a typical work week for you.
Interviewers expect a candidate for employment to discuss what they do while they are working in detail. Before you answer, consider the position you are applying for and how your current or past positions relate to it. The more you can connect your past experience with the job opening, the more successful you will be at answering the questions.
It should be obvious that it’s not a good idea talk about non-work related activities that you do on company time, but, I’ve had applicants tell me how they are often late because they have to drive a child to school or like to take a long lunch break to work at the gym.
Keep your answers focused on work and show the interviewer that you’re organized (“The first thing I do on Monday morning is check my voicemail and email, then I prioritize my activities for the week.”) and efficient.
4. What kind of salary do you need?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.
5. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.
6. What is your greatest strength?
Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude
7. Do you have any questions for me?
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? Are examples.