“So, can you tell me about yourself?"
It’s one of the most ubiquitous interview questions, and often one of the most difficult. With such a wide breadth of possible answers, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.
Hint: If your go-to response includes a run-down of where you grew up or what you studied in college, you’ve probably already lost your interviewer.
While the hiring manager does want to get to know you, at this point they are only focused on figuring out if you’re the right person for the job — and your most critical task is showing them that you are the one that they are hunting for.
To prevent killing your chances before the interview even warms up, this passage breaks down this question into a simple three-part response that will hook the interviewer without inundating them with unnecessary details. Here’s the technique:
Part 1: Start with a condensed version of your career history. Try and keep it as concise as possible.
Part 2: Next, give a brief summary of a specific achievement to capture the interviewer’s interest. It must be an accomplishment that can easily be explained and/or illustrated.
Part 3: Conclude with a few definitive sentences about what you hope to accomplish next in your career — but make sure it’s relevant to the position you’re interviewing for.